DAVID BARRY...ACTOR-WRITER

 

I have been an actor for more than sixty years, having worked with some great actors in my time, including Laurence Olivier, Paul Scofield, Vivien Leigh, Tyrone Power, Mai Zetterling, Anthony Quayle and many others, including the great cast from Please Sir! and The Fenn Street Gang. Having cut my teeth writing television scripts with episodes of Keep It In The Family for Thames Television, I had my first novel, Each Man Kills, published in 2002.

Below you will see some of my latest publications.

Laurence Olivier & Vivien Leigh - The Final Curtain has now been published and you will find it available on Amazon in both hardcover and paperback. The book contains many photographs and images, and the book is also available by ordering from independent bookstores.

It is theatre history that has never been told in such detail, because I played Olivier's grandson Young Lucius in one of the most prestgious theatre productions of all time, revealing what really went on during the crazy, hectic, wild and utterly sensational productiion.

At last here is the complete story of a show that is generally considered to hold a firm place in the distinguished ranks of the greatest of British sitcoms. The journey through the golden age of British sitcom and beyond will bring back all kinds of memories for those lucky enough to have seen Please Sir! first-time around...and an enjoyable waltz through TV history for those that didn't. If you've ever wondered what it was like to play a key part in one of the best-loved British sitcoms of all time, this is the perfect book for you!

 

Lavishly illustrated with dozens of photos and images, and a foreword by Peter Cleall.

 

 Available now at Amazon

Or to order a signed copy go to the fourth page Signed Books Available

New Two-Act Play

 Read what some professional actors had to say about The Franz Anton Mesmer Show.

'David Barry takes us into a rehearsal room where a late run-through of a play about Mesmer is about to begin. As the fascinating story of Mesmer's life unfolds, moving between the Imperial Court of Vienna and Revolutionary Paris, the frequently strained and often combustible relations between the cast begin to unravel and the interplay between epic narrative and thespian skirmishing proves truly mesmerising.' Hugh Fraser, Captain Hastings in Poirot

Read more professional actors' comments at Amazon

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Soho Tales

11 entertaining stories from London's adult playground. Soho and its colourful characters comes alive with this collection of earthy tales. It also includes a brief history of the area and some of its famous pubs.

An indispenable guide for anyone planning to visit the area, and a nostalgic wallow for those already familiar  with the red-light district.

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Frankie Abbott's Great Big Book of Horror Stories is now available in paperback and ebook. The book contains 13 stories. If you enjoy being scared, then these horror stories might be just up your street...or down in your dark, dank cellar. If you're of a nervous disposition though...well, perhaps you should stay well away. From the paranormal to the supernatural, to more earthly topics such as murder and revenge, beware of the nightmares you will surely suffer after reading this concoction of twisted and terrifying tales that will test your nerves.

Available on Amazon

Although I write mainly crime fiction for adults, when I worked as Writer in Residence in Aberdeen for a year, teaching creative writing for children, I wrote The Ice Cream Time Machine, which was published a year later. Although a children's book, if you are still a child at heart, and you enjoy sci-fi and Dr Who, this time travelling adventure is suitable for fans of all ages from 8 - 80

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PUBLIC SPEAKING

Throughout 2019, I have been giving humorous accounts of my years in theatre, film and television for all kinds of groups up and down the country. These have been very successful, and I have met many interesting people as I regale them with stories of touring Europe with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, as well as tales about working on Please Sir! There are two booking websites, so if you are interested in hearing hilarious stories about actors behaving badly or you might be interested in creative writing, then please go to either webiste for further details.

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PublicSpeaking

 

This is me, aged fourteen, marching at the head of the protest with Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, a march to try to save the St James's Theatre, when we performed in London following the European tour. Vivien Leigh had astounded everyone by an outburst from the visitors' gallery in the House of Lords before being thrown out. Sir Winston Churchill, one of her admirers, offered £500 for her cause, but said, 'As a Parliamentarian I cannot approve of your disorderly method.' This is just one of many stories from my public speaking events

And this is me as Frankie Abbott in the Please Sir! film, with Barbara Mitchell who played my mother. Working in the series was an enjoyable experience and there are funny anecdotes about working in the series, when we behaved like schoolchildren playing pranks on other actors, and hearing of the many theatrical anecdotes of actors like Deryck Guyler, who has been in The Mousetrap for 66 years! If you want to know how that is, you will just have to book a talk with me, won't you?