Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes

Director 2Magpies Theatre & Freelance Producer

  • Location: Nottingham
  • Freelancer: Available Soon

Founder and Director of 2Magpies Theatre based in Nottingham creating sustainably touring productions from real stories we care passionately about. 

The Litvinenko Project explores the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko who died in London in 2006. His tea was poisoned, and nobody has been convicted of his murder. The Litvinenko Project looks at the different theories and asks why is this case still open? It is performed in cafe spaces. Previously performed at: Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester), Camden People's Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Derby Theatre, The Gulbenkian (Canterbury), Live at LICA (Lancaster), Upstairs at the Western (Leicester) and Summerhall (Edinburgh - Fringe Festival). The Litvinenko Project will continue to be performed until the case is resolved. 

Ventoux restages the epic Tour de France rivalry between Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani on Mont Ventoux in 2000. Once widely regarded as the greatest race ever, we now know they were both cheating. Having overcome similar obstacles to even be there, Armstrong and Pantani dealt with this is different ways and lived highly contrasting lives. Ventoux is the point they cross over. It is performed on 2 bikes with 3 cool boxes with stunning dual screen projections and real race commentary. Ventoux was developed by 2Magpies Theatre with support from Arts Council England, Curve (Leicester), Nottingham Lakeside Arts, The Castle (Wellingoborough) and New Perspectives. Work in progress performances were held with Hatch (Attenborough Arts Centre and Loughborough Town Hall), Pilot Nights (Warwick Arts Centre) and the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich (Pulse Festival). Ventoux premieried at Curve in April and was performed at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. Ventoux will be touring nationally in 2015/16. 

In addition to my work with 2Magpies Theatre, i am a freelance producer based in the East Midlands (Nottingham) working on a variety of projects, most recently with Nottingham Contemporary. 

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