of the Barn (FOBs)
1981, a concerned supporter of the theatre John Sturgeon, launched a "Buy a Tile
for £2" campaign to fundraise for repairs to the roof. Having rapidly raised £500,
John at the suggestion of Bruce Reed was joined by Terry Rolph to form an association
whose aim was to "provide financial and other support to the maintenance, improvement
and betterment of The Barn Theatre at Oxted as a site and base primarily for theatrical,
operatic, cultural and artistic activities but also for such purposes as may be
beneficial to the people of Oxted and District". A Committee was formed
and an annual membership of £1 brought forth 200 members.
began a vast variety of fundraising which continues to this day. Between 1983
and 1991 over £16,000 went towards funding roofing, insulation, re-wiring, up-dating
stage lighting and raking the auditorium. In 1991 the FOBS undertook the re-seating
of the theatre, financed by the sponsorship of each seat marked with a named brass
1997 the theatre achieved charitable status and thus began a progressive increase
in hirers and income, enabling more self-financing. At this time the FOBS role
developed as they began to staff more of the front-of-house services for the theatre.
2005 FOBS bestowed "Honorary Membership" on His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent
at the official opening of the Barn 2000 extension and in 2006 the organisation
celebrated 25 years of service to the theatre. During this time they raised and
donated in excess of £75,000.
"SUNDAY CLUB" was started in 2006 and opens the bar from 12.00-2.00pm on the first
Sunday of every month. This has proved a delightful additional social facet to
the role of the FOBS.
currently has over 300 members. The subscription is £12 for 3 years
or £5 per annum, per person.
To become a Friend of the Barn or to find
out more about them, contact the membership secretary Jean Groves ( 01883 712130)
or collect an application form directly from the theatre where they are prominently
benefits of membership include:
- regular mailing of the quarterly "WHATS ON"
brochure and the "BARN THEATRE NEWS"
- using the bar at the monthly Sunday Club openings
invitations to special events
- making new friends
having your views heard
The theatre hosts two resident societies who organise their own
Front-of-House services but the FOBS service all other productions/events. The
hirers provide basic cover for such things as programmes, car park and box office
but the FOBS manage the bar, coffee, sweets and ice creams as well as other general
The Front -of-House duties are outlined here.