Hi, my name is Debbie and I am the Sales Manager at the Barn, a job that I love! This involves overseeing the Box Office, dealing with ticket sales, event admin and all general enquiries. I am also responsible for all private and corporate hires, be that weddings, birthday parties, meetings or conferences.
I have been married for 20 years to Iain, a dentist with NHS Grampian and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Aberdeen Dental School, and mum to Grace (19), Mackenzie (16) and Martha (10).
As a family we all love the theatre - I am lucky enough to escape once a year for a child free, girly weekend at the Edinburgh Fringe. Both Iain and Mackenzie are enthusiastic supporters of Banchory Drama Club performing and directing various pantos and one act plays. Mackenzie has also performed in Aberdeen as part of the APA Youth Drama Group and Phoenix and Union Theatres.
Obviously at the moment during lockdown we are really missing our theatre trips however, there are lots of stage shows, musicals and operas that are available free to stream online.
As a family we have selected our top five which we plan on watching over the coming weeks.
21 Chump Street
We love musicals – Hamilton is one of the girls favourites and who doesn’t like Moana or Mary Poppins Returns? So anything Lin-Manuel Miranda is involved with is a must see.
21 Chump Street is a 14 minute one act musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, also starring Antony Ramos.
High school student, Justin Laboy falls in love with an undercover police officer, and is ultimately arrested for selling drugs to the officer in an attempt to impress her.
Wind in the Willows
Starring Rufus Hound (Toad), Simon Lipkin (Raty), Craig Mather (Mole), Neil McDermott (Chief Weasel), Denise Welch (Mrs Otter) and Gary Wilmot (Badger).
We read this classic book by Kenneth Grahame to all of our children growing up who loved the escapades of Toad, Raty and Mole.
We are excited to sit down as a family and relieve these adventures, thanks to this online screening.
Royal Shakespeare Company on the BBC
While Shakespeare can be seen by many as dull and something you were made to study at school, both my husband and son thoroughly enjoyed attending live and recorded screenings of Shakespeare at the Barn.
As this is not possible during the present situation, the BBC has announced six RSC shows it will be broadcasting online. Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet - should keep us going for a while!
Our favourite shows to see at the theatre are musicals so we are all excited that the London production of Eugenius will stream online to raise money for Acting for Others.
Eugene, Janey and Feris are reaching for the stars and discover their hidden superhero. With a hilarious script and great original songs, that will be stuck in your heads for weeks this seems like the perfect antidote for lockdown boredom.
BalletBoyz – Delux
Martha, my youngest, loves her dance classes and is really missing them at the moment. Another one of our “ones to watch” will be the new dance show “Delux” by BalletBoyz which was due to open at Sadlers Wells . This is instead available to view online and celebrates their 20th Anniversary year.
Delux fuses the work of some of the world’s most exciting and innovative choreographers and composers.
While chaos surrounds us and we are all so unsure what will happen from one day to the next it is reassuring that there are still ways we can bring the magic of stage to life for our family through the television screen and into our homes.
Stay safe and happy viewing!