The Barn Theatre,
25 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, Surrey
RH8 0AA.

Tel: 01959 561811
Email: barntheatre


Friends of the Barn


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Friends of the Barn (FOBs)

In 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.

Thus 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 plaque.

In 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.

In 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.

A "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.

The organisation currently has almost 300 members. The subscription is 5 per person per annum,( 10 per annum from January 2022)
To become a Friend of the Barn or to find out more about them, contact the membership secretary Chris Muscio ( or collect an application form directly from the theatre where they are prominently displayed.

The 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

FOH Services
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 Front-of-House duties.
The Front-of-House duties are outlined here.

Phone Number
E-mail Address
Chairman Paul Robinson 07970 847515
Vice Chairman Helen Clarke 07736 230068
Secretary Teresa Chinnock 07843 440274

Treasurer Sarah Bryant 07946 892830
Membership Secretary Chris Muscio 07877 334508