Meet the Barn Academy’s new director Jean-Marc Cafà

30th July 2019



The Barn Theatre’s renowned Academy has appointed a new Director. Jean-Marc Cafà will take up the new post with immediate effect.

Jean-Marc trained at the Guildford School of Acting, UK where he was awarded both the McGrath Citation Award for Talent and the Entrepreneurship Award. He has performed in various plays and musicals in the UK and overseas.

“We are incredibly excited with the appointment of Jean-Marc. He has a track record of success in developing talent and a huge experience in directing and choreography of complex shows, projects and outreach programmes. His vision for the Academy is very much in line with our ambitions of developing an all-inclusive programme for nurturing talent in the arts at the centre of our community.” – IWAN LEWIS Artistic Director, The Barn Theatre

In 2011, Jean-Marc managed the implementation of ZiguZajg, Malta’s first international arts festival for children and youth. Between 2011 and 2013, Jean served as the Artistic Director for SOPA (School of Performing Arts by Drama Troupe) and oversaw the youth programmes run by Spazju Kreattiv. He also served as Vice President of APAP from 2012 to 2014. He moved on to found Studio 18 in 2013, an organization for performing arts training and creative learning, for which he has served as creative director since. Jean-Marc is currently also a consultant for Creative Learning at San Anton School.

A passionate learner, Jean-Marc is currently reading an MEd at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has kept his practice fresh by means of professional development courses in Europe, across he various sectors and arts disciplines.

Exciting future developments for the Barn Academy – Future Collaboration with Studio 18 Malta

The Barn Theatre has embarked on a new journey with Studio 18 Malta- this exciting venture aims to develop an exchange of practices and the Barn’s commitment to arts education, outreach and the community. Together, the two establishments will be working to strengthen quality, accessibility and holistic learning. As part of this initiative, the Barn Theatre and Academy will be looking into opportunities for cultural and student exchanges, as well as internship programmes.

#THEATREFORALL Project Underway

1st May 2019


The Barn Theatre Project’s Outreach team has put together a large-scale project for 2019 that aims to provide access to live professional theatre, for free, to marginalised areas of our community for positive change.

The Theatre For All free ticket scheme removes financial barriers so that vulnerable or disadvantaged people from all walks of life, from children to older people, can experience live professional theatre in a welcoming environment.

Funds raised by the Barn Theatre Project’s fundraising team will help to provide marginalised members of the community and beyond, free tickets during a 12-month duration so that participants will have access to a choice of any of the five Built By Barn Productions throughout the year.

This project runs alongside our growing outreach programme which seeks to encourage and engage our community in the life and experience of theatre without barriers.


Kerry Mucklowe Sings ‘Silent Night’ #CarolForACause

25th December 2018


Daisy May Cooper from BBC’s This Country and our Artistic Director Iwan Lewis have teamed up to #CarolForACause!

The idea behind #CarolForACause is to support the local charities who are looking after vulnerable people in your community this Christmas.

How to get involved?

1. Gather friends and family (Or go solo)
2. Pick your favourite Christmas song
3. Belt it out on camera
4. Name the local charity to support
5. Nominate 3 people to do the same
6. Upload your video to social media (Remember to hashtag #CarolForACause!)
7. Donate to your chosen charity.

Our chosen local charity is CHYP (Cirencester Housing for Young People), a small local charity that provides supported accommodation for vulnerable young people, who find themselves homeless through no fault of their own.

Daisy & Iwan’s nominations:
-Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen
-Nick Knowles
-Charlie Cooper

Thank you to the cast of ‘Just So: The Musical’, playing at the Barn Theatre until January 13th.
Tickets available from: 01285 648255



Gallery | The Human Poppy

12th November 2018


BBC: Thousands help make Human Poppy in Cirencester


We Remember 1918 – The Concert

9th November 2018


Join us this weekend for a series of celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

This Sunday 11th November, we will be bringing together people from Cirencester and the Cotswolds in a Human Poppy to remember those that served to protect our country, as well as celebrating our community with a theatrical and musical gala in We Remember 1918 – The Concert.

In our commemorative celebration We Remember 1918 – The Concert not only will we be exploring the impact of the Great War, and how music played an important role; we also have an incredible line up of music and theatre performances including: Tweedy The Clown, BAFTA winning Daisy May Cooper, and West End theatre stars.

The lineup for the concert includes: Daisy May Cooper (This Country), Tweedy the Clown, Iwan Lewis, Kimberley Moses, Zachary Cook, David Haydn (The Secret Garden), Dominic Brewer (Hound of the Baskervilles), St Andrew’s Pipes and Drums, Kaitlyn Hill, Molly Lynch (Just So), Emily Dolbear, Issy Manning, Connor McGrane, Liam Brailsford,  Sarah Louise Hughes (Little Voice), Katrina Webb, Jack Bence (One Minute), and Kris Hedges-Manuel (Phantom of the Opera).

Join the Human Poppy

Book tickets for We Remember 1918 – The Concert 

Join The Human Poppy | We Remember 1918

31st October 2018


On Sunday 11th of November, Cirencester and the Cotswolds are joining together to create the UK’s largest ‘Human Poppy’ in recognition of individual soldiers who lost their lives in the Great War.

This event will be followed by a remembrance concert held in the Corn Hall, Cirencester, organised by the Barn Theatre.

Sign up to join the Human Poppy >>


Commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War

10th October 2018


November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The Barn Theatre, in collaboration with Cirencester Community Development Trust, Cotswold District Council and Cirencester Town Council and  Royal British Legion will be hosting a celebration of this occasion 9th – 11th November with a series of events in the town, culminating in the creation of the largest Human Poppy in the Market Place on Sunday 11th November!

In the evening of 11th November, We Remember 1918 – The Concert at the Corn Hall in Cirencester will bring the community, professional performers, Barn Academy students and schools together to combine the voices and energy of Cirencester and the Cotswolds in an unforgettably powerful celebration service.

Cirencester needs YOU! Enlist as a fallen soldier from this area to be part of the Human Poppy to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. To be part of it email:

A Song For Cirencester

29th November 2017