For three nights only, immersive theatre company Punchdrunk will transform Eastbury Manor House into a fun and festive Hallowtide Fair. From 31 October – 2 November the event will resurrect the infamous St Ethelburga’s Fair that visited Barking annually in the nineteenth century but has long been forgotten.
With traditional games, local stalls and festive music, the fair will captivate and entertain. Visitors who delve a little deeper will be rewarded; dicovering hidden stories, mysteries and unexpected surprises within the historic manor house.
Assisting Punchdrunk with the production of the event will be a group of young east Londoners who are taking part in our Creativity Works: Eastbury Manor employability programme. The programme aims to enable the young people to break into the creative industries by providing them with invaluable first hand work experience, as well as mentoring, practical workshops and site visits.
We are also pleased to announce that our Company: Movements, Deal and Drinks project will be running the bar at the fair. The Create Art Award winning project, which aims to establish a self-sustaining community drinks enterprise in Barking and Dagenham, will serve its newly launched range of handpicked drinks.
The allocation of tickets for people living outside Barking and Dagenham has now sold out, but local residents can purchase discounted tickets here.