‘The Trials of Colonel Barker’

Written and produced by Rose Collis

Performed by Rose Collis, Keith Drinkel, Philippa Hammond and Guy Wah
Directed by Thomas Everchild

The Trials of Colonel Barker, a new full-length stage play by Rose Collis based on her book Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment, makes its world premiere with a one-off rehearsed reading as part of the second Hove Grown Festival.

The play explores some of the most dramatic events in the complex and extraordinary life of Valerie Arkell-Smith aka ‘Colonel Sir Victor Barker DSO’, who veered from tragedy to farce and from fame to obscurity, but always strove to remain ‘a perfect gentleman’.

Colonel Barker’s story is one of identity: gender identity, hidden identities, class identities and the conflict between the public and the private identity.

The rehearsed reading will be followed by a brief Q&A session with writer and cast, and copies of Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment will be on sale (cash only).

‘Excellent… treads a careful line between sensation and sentiment.’       Daily Telegraph

 ‘A fascinating tale…Collis has researched this book thoroughly, and she writes with a lively sense of humour.’                                                           Times Literary Supplement

 ‘Rose Collis has delved meticulously…and produced a remarkably gripping and, at times, quite hilarious story.’                                                 Daily Mail, ‘Critic’s Choice’

 Sunday March 26, 8pm
The Purple Playhouse, 36 Montefiore Rd, Hove BN3 6EP
 Tickets £8/£6, bookable at http://www.hovegrown.org.uk/

Cash-only bar

With thanks to Arts Council England, Jill Gardiner, Krazy Kat Theatre and Gladstone’s Library for funding and match-funding; Hove Grown Festival; Purple Playhouse.

TRANSPORT: 15 mins. walk from Brighton/Hove stations. Buses: 7, 14, 14C, 27, 37, 37B, 56 and 77.

ACCESS: Entrance: Old Shoreham Rd. Ramped access to front entrance leading to café/bar area and accessible toilet. The theatre is on the first floor, has a hearing loop and can be accessed via lift. Blue badge parking and drop-off points on Montefiore Rd and Avondale Rd sides of the building. Additional parking is on-street pay and display.

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