In the nineteenth century, the borough of Barking and Dagenham celebrated the Feast Day of St. Ethelburga, the Abbey of Barking Abbey, with an infamous fair every October.  For three nights in 2014, these celebrations returned, as Eastbury Manor House hosted St Ethelburga’s Hallowtide Fair, a mysterious and magical theatrical experience made in collaboration with and for the residents of Barking and Dagenham.

With traditional games, local stalls and festive music, the fun and lively fair aimed to captivate and entertain. Yet, if you delved a little deeper and took a step into the unknown, the hidden stories and forgotten voices of Eastbury could be discovered, echoing through the house once more…

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Creative Team

  • Director

    Katy Balfour

  • Associate Director

    Matthew Blake

  • Designers

    Kate Rigby & James Boult

  • Sound & Graphic Design

    Stephen Dobbie

  • Lighting Designer

    Euan Maybank

  • Costume Designer

    Rachael A. Smith

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  • Several performers in various costumes with their faces covered walking, some are holding large crosses
    Photo by Paul Cochrane Punchdrunk’s St Ethelburga’s Hallowtide Fair. Photo by Paul Cochrane
  • Close up of a pumpkin and various glass bottles on a table
    Photo by Paul Cochrane Punchdrunk’s St Ethelburga’s Hallowtide Fair. Photo by Paul Cochrane
  • Performers holding a key in front of a seated audience
    Photo by Paul Cochrane Punchdrunk’s St Ethelburga’s Hallowtide Fair. Photo by Paul Cochrane
  • Performers holding crosses walking outside in front of a bright white light, red background
    Photo by Paul Cochrane Punchdrunk’s St Ethelburga’s Hallowtide Fair. Photo by Paul Cochrane
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