The Ballad of Barrow Market
A film made by Signal Film and Media documenting the performances of The Ballad of Barrow Market being performed by members of the Ashton Theatre Group to a live audience in Barrow Market.
The Script was created in writing workshops led by Kate Davies for Signal Film and Media and were inspired by photographs, objects, film, sounds and memories of Barrow Markets, old and New. Stories are not documentaries of Barrow’s History but rather inspired by folk memory.
Banana King – Ravi Jeydendren, Caleb Staples and Ellis Dunn
Demolition – Jean McSorley
Milliners Tales – Brenda Fishwick
Vintage Advantage – Derek Bradley
Unmentionables – David Clancy
One Cherry – Craig Lockhead
The ideas from which the stories evolved were explored and developed by the whole group. Ballads were also written by the whole group. Polly Wright created and wrote the character of Bethany and the characters The Bell Man and the Market Official were created by Vicky Tighe. Christine Lee’s, Duncan Macmillan, Lee Wicks contributed towards the final script.
Research material included: The Evening Mail Archive, Barrow Local Archive and Study Centre and The Elizabeth Roberts Oral History Archive.
The mystery shopper, compare and guide to the Market Ballad Phill Gregg
Bell man Eric Nelson
Bethany Bridget O’Brien
Council Official Dan Hardie
Shopper Chris Wilson, Catherine Taylor
Banana King Nathan Powell
Boris the butcher Conrad Birchall
Mary Douglas Tracy Jones
Radio Cumbria Reporter Robbie Bown
The Milliner’s Tale
Rosie Nicole Rose
Jilly Tara Edwards Doughty
Nan Chrissie Bentley
Vikki Karen Hall
Ernest Jon Bissett
Abigail Nicole Rose
Kellie Kelly Tara Edwards Doughty
Andy Damien Rose