Synopsis

The Ballad of Maria Marten

The Ballad of Maria Marten $14.99

Beth Flintoff

Published by Nick Hern Books

2 Male 7 Female

A thrilling retelling of a real-life murder mystery …

'It's been a year since I died, and still nobody has found me'

Summer, 1827

In a red barn in Suffolk, Maria Marten awaits her lover

A year later, hidden in a grain sack under the floor of the barn, Maria's body is found, barely identifiable

And the manhunt begins

The Red Barn Murder had all the hallmarks of a classic crime drama: a missing body, a country location, a disreputable squire and a village stuck in its age-old traditions

But whilst sending shockwaves throughout the country, Maria's own story was lost

The Ballad of Maria Marten rediscovers her story, bringing it back to vivid, urgent life

Cast-size; M2,F7 (flexible)

REVIEWS

'Rich and transporting' ~ The Stage

'The genius of what Beth Flintoff has done is that it is not about the gruesome murder ... but the person. Vital, layered and empowered, a beautiful piece of theatre' ~ A Younger Theatre

'Flintoff restores dignity to Maria ... unexpectedly joyous' ~ Guardian


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