Maria Marten

Maria Marten or Murder in the Red Barn by R.J. Burton

Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th April 1969

St Augustine’s Hall, Trowbridge

Maria Marten was born in Suffolk in 1801. There she met William Corder by whom she had a child who died in infancy In 1827, Corder murdered Maria and buried her body in the Red Barn. Because of his wife’s recurring dream, Thomas Marten searched the barn and discovered the body of his daughter Corder was convicted of the crime and in 1828 executed at Bury Gaol. The fact that the production gets unsullied, hearty fun from these macabre ingredients is proof of its sureness of its energy that pushes aside any attempt to think seriously about the horrors.

Directed
by
Rex Holdsworth

Cast

William Corder

Thomas Marten

Tim Bobbin

Johnny Badger

Pharos Lee

Maria Marten

Mrs Marten

Anne Marten

Meg Bobbin

Nell Hatfield

Petra Andrews

Rosa Post

Bridget

Alice Rumble

Chaplain

Extras

Stella Jeffries

Marie D’Agrond

David Allan

Harold Scriven

Peter Sedgewick

Allan Francis

Unknown

Glenys Swift

Betty Hilser

Patricia May

Betty Francis

Sylvia Rogers

Ruby Goldsmith

Joyce Coleman

Margaret Thomas

Jacqueline Noble

Alan Hartshorn



Jennifer Francis

Mary Pickett