John Barleycorn Must Die

This is the first project we have undertaken as a company and one which is close to Chloe’s heart. John Barleycorn Must Die is about the land, taking up the mantle of a family farm and the risks run by those who produce our food.

We completed our first R&D over 2020/21 with the support of Arts Council England, Metal Peterborough, curious directive and Hightide. We have been granted the Cambridge Junction Troop New Ideas Award for 2022/23 which we will put towards the next stage of development; exploring how to perform the show on working farms in East Anglia and the East Midlands.


Performer: Rosalind Ford

Director: Chloe France

Writer: Sarah Stephenson

Composer: Kitty Macfarlane

Co-Composer & Musical Director: Nick Barstow

Movement Director: Laura Dredger

Filmed & Edited: Daniel Coates

Lighting & Sound: Tom Clutterbuck

Artist Wellbeing Practitioner: Lou Platt

With thanks to Cher Taylor-border, Trevor Border, sisters Liz & Kate Genever,

Keely Mills & Paul ‘Bumper’ Mills, Arianne Churchman, Kerry Devine, Sue Shields & Gary Dixon

photos by Daniel Coates