14 November – 16 December 2023




“The battle between good and evil is full of grey areas… but I think he’s firmly on the devil’s side.”

The notorious ‘Red Barn Murder’ of 1827 has entered the annals of British folklore, the subject of prurient gossip and grim speculation.

A young woman, Maria Marten, goes to a barn in Suffolk to meet her lover, with a view to eloping. A year later, her body is found, hidden under the floor.

What was the truth behind her murder? Why was she killed, and who was responsible?

Rather than a literal retelling of this historic ‘true crime’, the play is a thrilling feminist reappraisal that focuses on Maria’s life, and celebrates the solidarity of female friendship through a joyous mix of story-telling, dance and laughter.

Her fate is explored through the eyes of Maria and the women who loved her, shedding light on a complex story of love, loss, prejudice and patriarchal power.

“Flintoff restores dignity to Maria… Unexpectedly joyous” The Guardian


creative team

Director Louise Fischer



To be announced



Preview Tue 14 Nov 7:30pm
Opening Night Wed 15 Nov 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Final performance Sat 16 Dec 2pm

Running time: to be advised

Please note: latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance



Full $35
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $25
Thrifty Thursdays $25
Preview $20

Patrons please note: New Theatre is gradually phasing out
cash payments at Front of House, with a view to being EFTPOS-only
by the beginning of July. This will apply to both ticket and bar sales.

COVID- Safe protocols:
QR code and vaccination checks are no longer required.

Face masks are not mandatory, but recommended.

Main image: © Christin Lola/Shutterstock