The Murder of Maria Marten or The Red Barn
by Brian J. Burton
June 1980
~ Directed by Clifford Greely ~

The play is based on various anonymous Victorian texts. 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.

Cast
Angela FairlessMarie
Eric BrownWilliam Corder
J. Eric DavidThomas Marten
Mary FishMrs Marten
Vi WellsNell Hatfield
Ray CoyleTim Bobbin
Steve MaslenJohnny Badger
Gay CatesAnne Marten
Polly BishopGypsy
Heather LeeGypsy
Heather LeeAlice Rumble
John FishPharos Lee