Put Your Shorts On!

Performance pieces by local playwrights

Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 December 2020

7:30pm plus a 2:30pm matinee on Saturday 19


Put Your Shorts On! was due to be performed on Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 December. As the present lockdown is due to finish (assuming it doesn’t get extended) on Wednesday 2, clearly it’s not practical to go ahead with those dates.

However: we feel we can still do this. We’ve consulted with all cast & crew over the last few days, and we have decided to perform a fortnight later than planned (16-19 December). We will be rehearsing online in the meantime, and all being well we should be able to return to the theatre in time to complete the process of staging.

We are very proud of our team for being willing and able to work on these shifting sands, and have every confidence that we will be able to provide an excellent evening of entertainment. Of course, we have no idea what the situation will be come December, and have to be prepared for further disruption; but we will keep everyone informed of our plans.

If you, or somebody you know, has already booked tickets (and we’re delighted to say that we’d sold 17% of available seats already), don’t worry. We will be in touch with you very soon, using the contact details you gave us via TicketSource, to offer you the option of:

  • Keeping the same booking day for the new period of performances
  • Changing to a different day
  • Cancelling your booking and receiving a refund

NB: We are also hoping to be able to provide an online version of the show, accessible behind a paywall. We are working on this at the moment and will publish further details as soon as we are able.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and we hope very much to see you there!


During the summer of 2020, Artistic Directors Clare Williamson and Cassie Tillett were contacted by members of a creative writing course, and asked to provide a team of performers to bring those pieces to life on Zoom calls. This was such a success that they decided to run three more sessions, calling for the support of local writers and performers.

From the pieces performed across those sessions, we have selected ten items (an average of ten minutes per item) to be performed LIVE on the Sewell Barn stage (covid restrictions permitting). The capacity of the theatre (normally 100) will be reduced to 25; each half, consisting of five short items, will be performed by a team of four actors plus director and stage manager, using separate dressing rooms and with sanitisation of the performing space in the interval.

The pieces are all written for one, two or three performers. The style ranges from the domestic to the surreal and from comedy to sadness, the settings from parks to cafes to supermarkets to living rooms, the subject matter from relationships to dogs to shopping to estrangement, and the ages from 20s to 70s. The authors are local, many of whom are hearing their work performed for the very first time, and we are hugely grateful that all have agreed to let us perform these pieces free of royalties to help the Barn in such difficult times.

We are delighted to be working on these delightful pieces of writing with some very talented performers, and hope very much to see you there.

What happens next year?

The December show will be very much a test run of our covid-safe procedures. If all goes according to plan, we hope to be able to bring up to three further productions to the stage in 2021, as well as the possibility of one-off performances. We will keep our friends and colleagues updated, via newsletter, website and social media; watch this space!

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