About Me

As a writer I love engaging the minds and enthusiasm of young audiences; I mine history for golden nuggets that shine today, and am particularly attracted to stories of women who refuse to play by the rules. I am always fascinated by the many shades of grey that make up the human experience. As a producer I co-founded the Tricycle Theatre in London, England with Ken Chubb and from 1989 to 2003 I was co-artistic director with Lib Spry of Straight Stitching Productions. As a story and script editor I work with Ken Chubb on the development of projects for film and television and was Senior Story Editor for Jozi-H, a 13 x 1 hour drama series.

I’m a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild of Canada.

What’s New…

I am Marguerite will be presented as part of the 2014/15 season at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto.  Directed by Molly Thom, the play will run from April 10 – 25.

Measure of the World was one of three plays presented in rep in the first Fireworks Festival of New Plays at the Alumnae Theatre Studio, 70 Berkeley St., Toronto from Nov 13 – Dec 1.

Peru:  1736  Three incompatible French scientists.  Two goals:   to measure a degree of the earth’s arc at the Equator and to spy on Spain’s rich colony of Peru.  And one mixed race slave who is promised her freedom to spy on them all.

Performance dates for Measure of the World:

Fri Nov 15 at 8 pm
Sun Nov 17 at 2:30 pm
Wed Nov 20 at 8 pm
Sat Nov 23 at 2:30 pm
Thurs Nov 28 at 8 pm
Sat Nov 30 at 8 pm

For the full program of performances and accompanying events, visit Alumnae Theatre.

Tales of the Tricycle Theatre, by Terry Stoller has been published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.  It’s a history of the Tricycle Theatre in London, England, which was founded by Ken Chubb and me.  The Tricycle, which opened in 1980, evolved from the Wakefield Tricycle Company that Ken and I started in 1972.

A scene from Carrying the Calf has been published in Scenes From a Diverse World, International Centre for Women Playwrights, 2013.  The publication is available at amazon.com

In early 2014, watch for  Hold Fast, a feature film adapted by Rosemary House from the novel by Kevin Major, directed by Justin Simms, produced by Markham St. Films and Rock Island Productions, and starring Molly Parker.  I was Story Consultant for this film in which a smart and stubborn 14-year-old’s life is turned upside down when his parents are killed in a car crash.

Hold Fast launched at the Berlin Film Festival in Feb. 2013, won the Audience Award in the Teen Eye Program at Seoul International Youth Film Festival, and had it’s Canadian premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival, Sept. 16.

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Contact me by e-mail: shirley.barrie@gmail.com

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