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"Barnstormers" and "Barnstorming" as concept and/or name

"Barnstorming" is the name that was given to an aeronautical form of entertainment became popular in the United States during the Roaring Twenties, one in which stunt pilots performed tricks individually or in groups that were called flying circuses. Participants hence were known as "barnstormers".

Applied metaphorically to theatre and the arts in various ways, . Notably to theatre companies, beginning with The Barnstormers Theatre, said to be the oldest ongoing professional summer theatre in the United States[1].

The Barnstormers, Cape Town, South Africa

The Barnstormers is a Cape Town based theatre group founded by Jill Fletcher and other local writers and performers to give regular children’s entertainments at the Old Barn Theatre (from which it took its name) and at schools in the vicinity. Their other aim is to expose and develop South African playwrights. To this end they have monthly meetings where new plays are read and seek to raise funds to produce them. Such adult plays are then taken to various centres.

In 1998 they organised a South African Play Festival at the Baxter Theatre and in 2000 they premiéred Jill Fletcher's play André Huguenet – Meneer! with a professional cast at the Arena Theatre at the Nico Malan Theatre Complex in Cape Town.


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