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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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