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Amateur Dramatics

In 1993 Barry was asked to audition for a musical which resulted in him taking a principal role in his first show, The Seven Sided Dice. The show was produced by Tamworth Youth Theatre Workshop later to become First-Stage. This was to be the start of a series of productions for Barry and led to him joining his first amateur theatre group, Atherstone Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society, in late 1993.
Then, in 1994 Barry joined the Tamworth Theatre of the Unemployed with whom he took roles in a number of one-act plays and also played a major part in the controversial 24-episode soap "Ankerside", recorded for Palace FM (now Centre FM). "Ankerside" hit national press headlines when it was banned from broadcasting by the Palace FM committee because it was too controversial (Barry was a member of the committee at the time - I know...crazy; needless to say Barry voted for broadcasting). The story was picked up by Wire TV, the cable network, and an excerpt was featured on the TV station.

The 'captive' Barry is also proud to have taken part in the permanent exhibition "The Tamworth Story" in Tamworth Castle Museum, after being filmed as a 19th century citizen who was "collared" by policemen of early Tamworth. This "Living Image" features the image and voice of Barry speaking from a prison cell. Barry also supplied the narration for the "Tamworth on the Move" exhibit in the museum. Unfortunately both exhibits have since been taken out of use due to technological faults.

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Productions in which Barry has appeared are:

1993
The
7-Sided Dice
Tamworth Youth Theatre Workshop(Producer - Phil Rean, MD - Mike Smith, SM Keith Dawson)
1994
The King & I
Atherstone Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (Producer Steve Duncan)
1994
Various
one-act plays
Tamworth Theatre of the Unemployed (Producer John Garforth)
1995
Cinderella
Lakeside Residents Association (Producer and MD - Keith Dawson)
1995
Carousel
Atherstone Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (Producer - Tony Moore, MD - Walter White)
1995
Hans Andersen
Coleshill Operatic Society (Producer - David Derrington)
1995
The Mikado
Centre Theatre Company, Nuneaton (Producer - Gren Redfern, MD - Walter White)
1996
Viva Mexico!
Atherstone Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (Producer - Tony Moore, MD - Walter White)
1996
Calamity Jane
Coleshill Operatic Society (Producer and MD - Andrew Alton)
1996
A La Carte
St Augustine's Musical Theatre Company (Producer - Veronica Walsh, MD - Stephen Powell)
1997
Oklahoma
Atherstone Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (Producer - Barry John, MD - David Hooker)
1997
Fiddler on the Roof
Coleshill Operatic Society (Producer - Peter Green)
1997
Follies - Stephem Sondheim
St Augustine's Musical Theatre Company (Producer - Veronica Walsh, MD - Stephen Powell)
1998 Exmouth Pavillion (Producer and MD - Jennifer Wardman)
1999
Hard Men
Various venues in North Warwickshire (Producers - June Maidens, Sue White, MD - Barry Jackson)
2000 Exmouth Pavillion (Producer and MD - Jennifer Wardman)

Ginny and Am-dram

Ginny has appeared in four shows with Barry. Calamity Jane , A La Carte, Viva Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Ginny also helped backstage for Fiddler' and Follies. Ginny's son Robert also appeared in Oklahoma. Ginny and Robert are also a regular performers with the Victorian Follies


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