Poonamallee Productions in collaboration with The Barn Theatre and in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre, have released the official trailer to their production of An Elephant in the Gardenwhich begins performances on 2 April.

The production, which prior to the pandemic was playing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2020 and has had successful U.K. Tours from 2014-2019 – including runs at Bristol Old Vic and Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe – will make its digital debut from 2-18 April.

Set against the backdrop of the 1945 Dresden bombings, the production follows Lizzie, her mother – and an elephant from the zoo known as Marlene as they flee the Allied fire-bombing in the endgame of the Second World War.

The play, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, is adapted and directed by Simon Reade and performed by Alison Reid. The production features design by Max Johns, lighting design by Matthew Graham, costumes by Elizabeth De-Tisi, sound design by Jason Barnes, radio voices by Chris Bianchi, juggling by Rod Laver with Alex Tabrizi as director of photography and Ben Thomas as editor.

An Elephant in the Garden, which was filmed at the Barn Theatre during the third national lockdown under strict guidelines, will be available internationally and marks the first of two Michael Morpurgo productions being revived for the digital stage by the Barn Theatre as part of their Michael Morpurgo Stream Season.

The second half of the season will see the return of BoxLess Theatre’s staging of Private Peaceful from 19 April – 2 May.

Based on the best-selling novel by War Horse author Michael MorpurgoPrivate Peaceful tells the story of Private Tommo Peaceful, who looks back on his Devon upbringing, his romance with childhood sweetheart, Molly and the terrible events that saw him taken from this idyllic setting and into the horrors of war.

BoxLess Theatre’s new staging of Private Peaceful first opened as part of the Barn Theatre’s first outdoor theatre festival, BarnFest, in August 2020. It then transferred to the Barn Theatre’s main auditorium in September, reopening the theatre for the first time since the first national lockdown.

Following the run in Cirencester, the production transferred to the play’s original home, the Bristol Old Vic, for a successful run and marked the first production to reintroduce the original ending from the acclaimed novel to the stage adaptation.

Private Tommo is played by Emily Costello, the first female performer to play Tommo professionally in a performance that was described by Michael Morpurgo as “extraordinary.” James Demaine plays Charlie and various other roles.

Private Peaceful is adapted by Simon Reade and directed by Alexander Knott, with Zöe Grain as associate director and movement director and composition by James Demaine. Sound design is by Harry Smith and lighting design by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner.

Tickets for both productions are £13.50 which will provide 24-hours access from the performance time. Tickets can be purchased at

The Barn Theatre are thrilled to be partnering with the Belgrade TheatreExeter Northcott Theatre and Dorchester Arts on these digital productions.

Both digital productions have educational packs available for schools. These educational packs are £100 plus VAT. For more information please contact

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Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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