Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of magic and laughter and this year’s production of Cinderella is set to be a real cracker!
The Barn’s 2021 season would not be complete without a festive treat for the whole family. Alan Pollock who wrote the Theatre’s sell out hit, Christmas Carol is back with a new adaptation of the Brother’s Grimm classic.
Wilhelm and Jakob are the ultimate odd couple. They are the Brothers Grimm. It’s late and the brothers are arguing. A young girl appears, Cinderella and we are launched into a tale of kindness, cruelty, music and magic, slippers, pumpkins and wolves. Blending song, illusion and puppetry this production will be Cinderella as you’ve always known it but never seen before. This is Christmas theatre Barn style!

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Meet the cast

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JESSE ASHBY

Playing JAKOB, The Father, Regent, Scarecrow & Stepmother

Jesse completed his Masters in Musical Theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Whilst there he was cast as Adult Man in Spring Awakening and shared the role of Count Carl Magnus and the Liebeslieder in a socially distanced productions of A Little Night Music.

Graduating during the first Lockdown of 2020, he made an appearance in the Tesco’s Christmas Advert Campaign and Mr Tipsy’s Down The Hatch, an immersive drinking experience playing a variety of characters yet again.

TANYA BRIDGEMAN

Playing GIRL & CINDERELLA

Tanya trained on the three-year BA Acting course at Montview graduating in 2019. During her time here she appeared as Michelle (lead) in the world premiere of THE FEAR by Roy Williams where she got to work closely with Roy during the process. Whilst training Tanya also took part in R&D Workshops with Ita O’Brien, Intimacy Coordinator for Netflix Original SEX EDUCATION.

In 2021 Tanya was commissioned by Iris theatre to write and perform her solo show SHOES TO FILL which has been awarded an Off West End Commendation.

Aside from acting, Tanya is a talented writer and spoken word performer. She recently completed the Soho Writers Lab as part of the 2020/21 cohort and has received commissions from both THE SPACE and IRIS.

CELIA CRUWYS-FINNIGAN

Playing ENSEMBLE, Esmerelda & Wolf

Celia trained at Rose Bruford College.

Theatre credits include The Beggar’s Opera (Selladoor/Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple); Jane Eyre (Blackeyed Theatre); The Railway Children (The Brewhouse Taunton); Private Lives (The Mill At Sonning); Jack and the Beanstalk (Queens Theatre Hornchurch); The Secret Garden (Barn Theatre, Cirencester); Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (Stafford Gatehouse); Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (UK Tour); The Great Gatsby (UK Tour); The Bureau of Lost Things (Theatre 503).

Television credits include The Walkers (SKY 1).

ANNA FORDHAM

Playing DRUSILLA & Jester 2

Anna trained in Actor Musicianship at Rose Bruford. 
Theatre credits include NewsRevue and I’m Eric Get Me Out of Here (New Vic Stoke); Women in Power (NST/Oxford Playhouse); The Borrowers (Watermill); and Fantastic Mr Fox (Lyric Hammersmith/UK Tour).

TV: The Athena (Sky) 

Other credits include: The Wild Party (Workshop); A Penny Dreadful (Workshop); We Progress (Short); Flood of Light (Rolo Tomassi); and Blink (Midas Fall).

Training credits include: Foreverland (Theatre 503); Urinetown (Stratford East); Portia in The Merchant of Venice, and Carole in Orpheus Descending.

Anna is non-Binary and uses They, She, and He pronouns.

ELZBIETA KALICKA

Playing ENSEMBLE & Whitebird

Elzbieta is delighted to make her theatrical debut in the Barn Theatre’s production of Cinderella.

Elzbieta trained at Wac Arts acquiring a Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre, her credits in training include The Threepenny Opera; DNA; and Bernarda Alba.

She would like to thank her parents and family in Poland as well as her friends for their continuous love and support.

EMILY PANES

Playing ANASTASIA & Jester 1

Emily trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, she is an actor musician and plays piano, violin and accordion.
Her credits include Spectra (Etcetera Theatre); My First Panto: Rapunzel, and After the Storm (The Garage, Norwich); The Wonderful Discovery of Witches (UK tour); The Art of Skipping (Kings Head Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe); Romy and Julian (Vienna’s English Theatre); and The Dance Hall (Bloomsbury Theatre). 
As a voiceover artist, she regularly works for clients such as O2, Barclays, Three and Boots.

MATTHEW ROMAIN

Playing WILHELM, Tom & Prince

Theatre includes: Holes (Nottingham Playhouse/UK tour); Rage but Hope (Edinburgh/Streatham Space Project); The Indian Queen (Opera de Lille); Macbeth, The Inn at Lydda, Hamlet – world tour, King Lear, Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Blithe Spirit (Frinton Festival Theatre); Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (UK tour); The Borrowers, Sleeping Beauty (Watermill); Pride & Prejudice (Nottingham Playhouse/York Theatre Royal); Before the Party (Salisbury Playhouse); The Delicate Art of Keeping in Touch (Lion & Unicorn Theatre); Twelfth Night (Orange Tree); The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse); Privates on Parade, See How They Run, My Fair Lady, Trelawney of the ‘Wells’ (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Onassis (West End & Derby Playhouse); The Shape of Things (Arts Theatre).

Television includes: World on Fire (BBC/Mammoth), Sherlock (BBC)

Film includes: Clay Kickers, Blue Iguana (UK Film Studio Productions)

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