Barry’s interest in theatre stems back several decades when as a teenager he used to go to the matinee performances at The Playhouse theatre in Perth every Saturday. Since that time, whenever live performances were put on, both theatrical and musical he would go and watch.
Since coming to Esperance there have been very few Bijou performances that he has not seen, and always had a hankering to get up on stage have a go.
It was not until early 2011 that after prompting from his wife Vera to go ahead and have a go that he picked up a script for No Sex Please We’re British and after auditioning played the role the pompous banker Leslie Bromhead.
Having been bitten by the bug, Barry then auditioned for and played the role of Inspector Thomas in Agatha Christies’ The Unexpected Guest (2011) .
Barry’s next time on stage will be in the pantomime Who Snitched the Witches Britches where he will play two characters – Bashful the dwarf and Housten Hansel the crooked Real Estate owner. “I’m not sure how I’ll go with the singing and dance routines, however it will be a change to do something else other than playing the part of an authoritive Brit,” he said. “Julie-Anne Clark has written a great script and the whole thing should be a blast.”