Barry and Joan

2019| 12A| 87 mins| /

Screening Dates:
Fri 27 May 5:45pm
Wed 1 June 2:30pm

Director: Audrey Rumsby

Discover Britain’s Best Kept Theatrical Secret. 

He was an incurable performer who loved to cross-dress. She was a dancing piano genius. She spotted his legs when they met in a musical. Seventy-five years later, they are still married, performing, and teaching.

This quirky and delightful documentary takes us on a journey through the lives of Barry and Joan Grantham, a British couple with a rich history as performing artists and creators on stage and screen. They are emblems of expressive freedom, having built a repertoire of performance spanning from television and Music Hall to drag and nude theatre.

Novices and performing arts professionals alike travel from Europe and the US to hone their skills and expand their craft under the methodical chaos of Barry and Joan’s workshops on Vaudeville, Eccentric dance and Commedia dell’Arte. This tale of two national treasures is a rallying cry for uniqueness and self-expression in an increasingly box shaped world.

The screening on Wed 1 June at 2.30pm is a Silver Screening – our weekly matinees aimed at ages 60 and over with tickets at £8 (inc. booking fee) and £7 (members, inc. booking fee). Under-60s are welcome at these screenings, standard ticket prices apply.