William Shakespeare meets Black Mirror, see the Bard’s iconic characters as you’ve never seen them before!

Bard From The Barn launches new episodes every weekday at 5pm to our YouTube channel with a weekly review episode every Friday at 9pm that features exclusive discussions between co-producer Aaron Sidwell, lead editor Benjamin Collins and the cast and creatives of Bard From The Barn. #BardFromTheBarn

You’ve heard of Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company, now it’s time to be introduced to the Barn Theatre!

Episode 1 – Chorus from Henry V

Are you ready, to suspend your disbelief? #BardFromTheBarn

O For A Muse Of Fire from Henry V, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Adam Sopp (as Chorus), Directed By Benjamin Collins, Music by Harry Smith, Produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 2 – Mark Antony from Julius Caesar

This is a message from the Government. Julius Caesar is dead. He has been killed by the honourable revolutionary politician, Marcus Brutus. In this time of national crisis you will now be addressed by Mark Antony who is to deliver a speech in tribute to our fallen leader. #BardFromTheBarn

“Friends, Romans, countrymen” from Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Aaron Sidwell, directed by Hal Chambers, produced by Aaron Sidwell, Hal Chambers and the Barn Theatre, Benjamin Collins as Lead Editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 3 – Hamlet

Hamlet, trapped and isolated, reflects on the world, and his current state of mind. #BardFromTheBarn

“What A Piece Of Work Is A Man” from Hamlet, performed by Dominic Brewer, directed by Kirstie Davis and produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamins Collins as Lead Editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 4 – Hermione from The Winter’s Tale

Pregnant “Made in Sicilia” reality tv star, Hermione, has been accused by the media of adultery. Fighting back she takes to twitter to defend herself in, what the public are calling, her “TRIAL BY MEDIA”. Will the public side with her or believe The Tabloids? #BardFromTheBarn

“Since What I Am To Say” from The Winter’s Tale, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Tricia Adele-Turner, directed by Joseph Pitcher, co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamins Collins as Lead Editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 5 – Jacques from As You Like It

In a world where we come together in mutual appreciation once a week, one man reflects on his own isolation. #BardFromTheBarn

“All The World’s A Stage” from As You Like It, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Stephen Omer, directed by Robert Forknall, co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamin Collins as Lead Editor, sound direction by Harry Smith and co-edited by Richard Corgan. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 6 – Iago from Othello

Iago is getting all his ducks in a row. He’s been overlooked for promotion by Othello and now sets out to to bring him down by any means possible. Using Roderigo and Cassio as pawns in his chess game, he will stop at nothing to ensure Othello’s downfall. #BardFromTheBarn

Iago’s Soliloquy from Othello, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Adam Sopp and directed by Joseph Pitcher. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamins Collins as Lead Editor, sound design by Harry Smith and edited by Richard Corgan of STAC. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 7 – Isabella from Measure for Measure

Trapped and living with a man who has just tried to abuse and take advantage of her, who can Isabella turn to? #BardFromTheBarn

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To Whom Should I Complain? from Measure For Measure, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Elin Phillips and directed by Phil Bartlett. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamins Collins as Lead Editor, sound design by Harry Smith and edited by Richard Corgan of STAC. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 8 – Edgar from King Lear

Edgar has been caught having a 2nd walk and now the police are after him. He takes a moment to consider how best to evade capture & disguise himself. #BardFromTheBarn

Edgar’s Monologue from King Lear, written by William Shakespeare performed by Ryan Bennett and directed by David Mercatali. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamins Collins as Lead Editor, sound design by Harry Smith and edited by Richard Corgan of STAC. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 9 – Richard II

Richard has squandered his money, stolen ideas and blocked his rival YouTubers. Now after being confined to lockdown with significantly fewer followers, he updates his once popular #Richard2You vlog from isolation. #BardFromTheBarn

Richard II’s Monologue from Richard II, performed by Ben Boskovic and directed by Jessica Daniels. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamins Collins as Lead Editor, sound design by Harry Smith and co-edited by Richard Corgan of STAC. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 10 – Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

As the city turns from day into night, Puck the Fairy bobs around on his bicycle delivering tasty treats to its hungry citizens. #BardFromTheBarn

All footage was shot as part of government issued exercise.

Puck’s Monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Tom Chudley-Evans and directed by Joseph O’Malley. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamins Collins as Lead Editor, sound design by Harry Smith and edited by Richard Corgan of STAC. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 11 – Launce from Two Gentlemen of Verona

Launce is living with her family in lockdown. She coughed once and has been sent by her panic stricken family to isolate in the Shed for 14 days. Here’s how she copes…. #BardFromTheBarn

Launce’s Monologue from Two Gentlemen of Verona, performed by Imogen Halsey and directed by Robert Forknall. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamins Collins as Lead Editor, sound design by Harry Smith and additional editing by Imogen Halsey. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 12 – Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew

Petruchio has not prepared for Lockdown, so he comes up with a scheme to cheat his friends out of their food. #BardFromTheBarn

Gentlemen and Friends, I Thank You For Your Pains from The Taming of the Shrew, performed by Jonathan Bourne and directed by Jake Smith. Benjamin Collins as lead editor, sound design by Harry Smith and edited by Georgina Scott. Bard From the Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers, with production co-ordination by Emma Smith.

Episode 13 – Prospero from The Tempest

A mother, brought down with sickness, contemplates the beauty of the world and her own family as she wonders how long she has left. #BardFromTheBarn

Prospero’s Monologue from The Tempest, performed by Rebecca Crankshaw, directed by David Mercatali, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From the Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with production co-ordination by Emma Smith.

Episode 14 – Richard III

Richard celebrates re-accession to the throne of his brother, King Edward IV and bemoans this peaceful time blaming his deformity and therefore makes plans to make use of the time to rise to the top and take the crown. #BardFromTheBarn

Richard III’s Monologue from Richard III, performed by Jonathan Woolf, directed by Hal Chambers, edited by Benjamin Collins, sound design by Harry Smith with additional editing by Jonathan Woolf. Bard From the Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with production co-ordination by Emma Smith.

Episode 15 – Dogberry from Much Ado About Nothing

After tweeting a conspiracy theory, Dogberry checks her twitter to find that she’s the “butt” of all her friends’ jokes and endeavours to prove them wrong. #BardFromTheBarn

Dogberry’s monologue from Much Ado About Nothing, performed by Sarah Waddell, directed by Joseph Pitcher, editing by Benjamin Collins and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From the Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with production co-ordination by Emma Smith.

Episode 16 – Helena from All’s Well That Ends Well

Helena has recently volunteered as a carer. Only to find that she’s fallen in love with the son of her patient. #BardFromTheBarn

Helena’s Monologue from All’s Well that Ends Well, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Bronte Tadman, directed by Jake Smith, Benjamin Collins as Lead Editor, sound design by Harry Smith, edited by Richard Corgan and original music by Adam Sopp. Bard From the Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with production co-ordination by Emma Smith.

Episode 17 – Romeo from Romeo and Juliet

Romeo broods alone over his unattainable love until a light grabs his attention. #BardFromTheBarn

But Soft from Romeo and Juliet, performed by Jasper William Cartwright, directed by Dominic Shaw, Benjamin Collins as lead editor, edited by Jasper William Cartwright, sound design by Harry Smith and original music by Dominic Shaw. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with production co-ordination by Emma Smith

Episode 18 – Mistress Page from The Merry Wives of Windsor

Mistress Page, while in the middle of her extreme daily home work out routine, is distracted by a letter from a mysterious admirer. #BardFromTheBarn

Mistress Page’s monologue from The Merry Wives of Windsor, performed by Hilary Harwood, directed by Phil Bartlett, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with production co-ordination by Emma Smith.

Episode 19 – Ariel from The Tempest

Online therapist Ariel gives some guidance to 3 sinners. #BardFromTheBarn

Ariel’s monologue from The Tempest, performed by Rosalind Ford, directed by Jessica Daniels, edited by Jasper William Cartwright, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with production co-ordination by Emma Smith.

Episode 20 – Sir Thomas More

A little thing like a global pandemic hasn’t stopped the racists and bigots from pushing their online agendas. In fact it’s only strengthened their resolve. But what happens when the people you want to leave your country become the people that will save your life? Thomas More steps into the digital arena to deliver some home truths… #BardFromTheBarn

Sir Thomas More’s Monologue from Sir Thomas More, performed by Liam Horrigan, directed by Joseph O’Malley, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell, Hal Chambers and the Barn Theatre.

Episode 21 – Hotspur from Henry IV Part I

Hotspur is an MP looking to use the COVID 19 crisis to encourage a vote of no confidence in the PM. She has reached out to several other MP’s asking for their support however her plans are publicly denounced by a fellow MP. #BardFromTheBarn

Hotspur’s Monologue from Henry IV Part I, performed by Abigail Matthews, directed by Hal Chambers, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with production co-ordination by Emma Smith.

Episode 22 – Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

During lockdown, Nick Bottom’s dreams have been getting weird. Last night he had the strangest vision of all…a vivid memory of what was once ‘normal’. #BardFromTheBarn

Bottom’s Monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by Max Hutchinson, directed by Joseph O’Malley, Benjamin Collins as lead editor, edited by Max Hutchinson and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with production co-ordination by Emma Smith.

Episode 23 – Macbeth

Macbeth is self isolating and slowly losing his sense of reality. Plagued with visions of a ‘dagger’ he decides to make a drastic move. #BardFromTheBarn

Macbeth’s Monologue “Is This A Dagger” from Macbeth, performed by Aidan Harkins, directed by Jessica Daniels, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre, based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with production co-ordination by Emma Smith.

Episode 24 – King John

John has cut a deal that many aren’t happy with. To ensure that Arthur doesn’t succeed him, John convinces Hubert to take action. #BardFromTheBarn

King John’s Monologue from King John, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Matt Ray Brown, directed by Robert Forknall, edited by Derek Anderson, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell, Hal Chambers and the Barn Theatre with Emma Smith as production co-ordinator.

Episode 25 – Adriana from The Comedy of Errors

Adriana is home alone awaiting the return of her seemingly errant husband Antipholus. On his arrival Adriana confronts him with her fears. #BardFromTheBarn

Adriana’s Monologue from The Comedy of Errors, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Gillian McCafferty, directed by Jake Smith, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell, Hal Chambers and the Barn Theatre with Emma Smith as production co-ordinator.

Episode 26 – Cleopatra from Antony and Cleopatra

Cleopatra’s lover, Antony, is in intensive care. Due to the contagious nature of the virus she cannot visit him in his final moments. She is granted 5 minutes to say goodbye via a video link.

This is part of the Shakespeare’s Greatest Females week of #BardFromTheBarn

Cleopatra’s Monologue from Antony and Cleopatra, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Alicia Charles, directed by Hal Chambers, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre and is based off an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with Emma Smith as production co-ordinator.

Episode 27 – Emilia from Othello

What do you do when lockdown reveals there’s another woman and you’re not the one he chose? Emilia @millie1622 has something to say, and she’s not afraid to share it…

This is part of the Shakespeare’s Greatest Females week of #BardFromTheBarn

Emilia’s Monologue from Othello, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Rebecca Jayne-Davies, directed by David Mercatali, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre and is based off an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with Emma Smith as production co-ordinator.

Episode 28 – Lady Macbeth from Macbeth

Lady Macbeth and her husband are in desperate financial difficulties after their business collapses and she loses her job during lockdown. After assuring his wife he’d get another job Macbeth isn’t so sure anymore…

This is part of the Shakespeare’s Greatest Females week of #BardFromTheBarn

Lady Macbeth’s Monologue from Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Sophie May Wake, directed by Phil Bartlett, co-edited by Jasper William Cartwright and Dan Ormerod, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre and is based off an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with Emma Smith as production co-ordinator.

Episode 29 – Juliet from Romeo and Juliet

Juliet has been stuck in isolation for weeks. She is about to record a song for Romeo and is distracted with a wave of fear. This causes her to resort to desperate measures to break the rules and leave her household.

This is part of the Shakespeare’s Greatest Females week of #BardFromTheBarn

Juliet’s Monologue from Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Sarah Louise Hughes, directed by Dominic Shaw, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre and is based off an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with Emma Smith as production co-ordinator.

Episode 30 – Rosalind from As You Like It

Rosalind has had enough. So she’s off to self isolate in the Forest of Arden.

This is part of the Shakespeare’s Greatest Females week of #BardFromTheBarn

Rosalind’s Monologue from As You Like It, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Grace Liston, directed by Kirstie Davis, edited by Derek Anderson, Benjamin Collins as lead editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre and is based off an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers with Emma Smith as production co-ordinator.

Episode 31 – The Porter from Macbeth

Locked away from the world and running low on supplies, an extreme hypochondriac wonders who could possibly be knocking at the door. #BardFromTheBarn

The Porter’s Monologue from Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, performed and edited by Colin Elmer and directed by Sean Turner. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamins Collins as Lead Editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

Episode 32 – Dromio of Ephesus from The Comedy of Errors

Welcome to a lockdown daytime TV Special: This week on the ‘Jerry Williams Show’: we meet Dromio and his boss Antipholus to settle a work-related dispute! #BardFromTheBarn

Dromio of Ephesus’ Monologue from The Comedy of Errors, written by William Shakespeare, performed by Tweedy the Clown (Alan Digweed), directed by Hal Chambers and edited by Matthew Gibbon. Bard From The Barn is co-produced by Aaron Sidwell and the Barn Theatre with Benjamins Collins as Lead Editor and sound design by Harry Smith. Based on an original concept by Aaron Sidwell and Hal Chambers and production co-ordinated by Emma Smith.

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