Cambridge's leading amateur theatre production company

Established 1981

Barry Brown

Barry's acting career started in Cambridge at St John's College. His 'Footlights' credits include Revues at The Arts Theatre and on tour from 1965 to 1968 when he was elected President of the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club. Later revues include GONE WITH THE WINKLEPICKER, THE COARSE ACTING SHOW and LIGHT UP THE ARTS. Barry's Cambridge connection extends not only to acting but also to his professional involvement as the architect of the renovated Arts Theatre in Cambridge. His productions for Bawds include MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Dogberry) THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III (William Pitt), TIME OF MY LIFE (Dinka one of four waiters - all played by Barry), THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (Porthos),  PYGMALION (Colonel Pickering), DAVID COPPERFIELD (Wilkins Micawber), VALENTINE'S NIGHT (Bruno), THE LADY IN THE VAN (Alan Bennett 2), THREE MEN IN A BOAT (Uncle Podger, Angler, Photographer and others), THE WOMAN IN WHITE (Count Fosco), THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Gaev) NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (Wackford Squeers), BLITHE SPIRIT (Charles Condomine), THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP (Sampson Brass),BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Telephone Man),THE AUTHENTIC LIFE OF BILLY THE KID (pictured above as Ash Upson), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Peter Quince), WHEN WE ARE MARRIED (Henry Ormonroyd) ONE NIGHT IN NOVEMBER (Ronald Cave), ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (Skiffle Player), WAITING FOR LEFTY (Dr Barnes / Agate Keller) ,THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (Abbe Faria - Barry also designed the set for the show), WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE PANIC BROADCAST (Howard Koch & Others),  CRIMES AGAINST CHRISTMAS (Duke / Butler / Crimine) and SEPARATE TABLES (Major Pollock).

Barry's directing credits for Bawds are WYRD SISTERS, MASKERADE and COMIC POTENTIAL. Other designing credits: MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL.

Acting roles for other companies include: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Sir Hugh Evans), THE WILD DUCK (Old Ekdal),THE RULING CLASS (McKyle / Brocket), HABEAS CORPUS (Wicksteed), THE WINTER'S TALE (Clown),   KING LEAR (Edmund), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Steve),  THE RIVALS (Sir Anthony Absolute), NIGHT SCHOOL (Solto), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Benedict), SISTERLY FEELINGS (Len), LARK RISE (Albert), THE ARCHBISHOP'S CEILING (Adrian), THE MYSTERIES (God), TROILUS AND CRESSIDA (Ajax), THE DARK OF THE MOON (Preacher Haggler), THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Frollo),  THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Jack Worthing), THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (Sheridan Whiteside), THE ACCRINGTON PALS (Arthur Boggis), THE LAST AMATEUR PANTOMIME (Milt), BEDROOM FARCE (Trevor), THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Antipholas), CALIFORNIA SUITE (Marvin Michaels), DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Michael), THE TEMPEST (Prospero), DICKENS AND COMPANY (Various), ON THE RAZZLE (Zangler), THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Maugrim the Wolf) , A TALE OF TWO CITIES (Stryver), THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Albert the Horse), WHEN WE ARE MARRIED (Henry Ormonroyd), THE MIDNIGHT FOLK (Abner Brown) A CHORUS OF DISAPPROVAL (Dafydd ap Llewellen), THE RIVALS (Sir Lucius O'Trigger), THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND (Birdboot),OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR (Ensemble & Field Marshal Haigh) and FROM GHOSTS TO GURUS (William Wilkins / Waldorf).

Barry's writing credits include not only many sketches and revues for Footlights and St John's College, but also FUNERAL UNDER WATER which was selected for the Faber Book of Parodies in 1983, KNIGHTS OF THE ROAD (BBC Radio 1978) ARTIFICIAL COLOURING (BBC Radio 1984), LIGHT UP THE ARTS (Arts Theatre 1996), THE LAST AMATEUR DRAMATIC SHOW, THE LAST AMATEUR PANTOMIME, OH CAROL!, WINNIE THE POOH and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS.  His directing credits include St John's College Revues (1964 to 1967), and NORMAN RUINS (Footlights 1972).

He has designed posters for over 30 productions including TURNS OF THE CENTURY, FOOLS RUSH IN, NORMAN RUINS, THE RIVALS, LARK RISE and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS. Set design for other companies include THE 39 STEPS.

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