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 is currently on at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto.  Directed by Molly Thom, the play runs from April 10 – 25, 2015.

Powerful, moving, and beautifully raw storytelling”—Read the full review lifewithmorecowbell.wordpress.com.

Click here for the trailer to get a taste of the show.


Chris Coculuzzi as Jean Francois de Roberval and Daniela Pagliarello as Marguerite. Photo: Bruce Peters

For performance details and to book tickets , visit Alumnae Theatre.

I will be giving a talk about the play at 12:45pm  before the matinee performance on Sunday, April 12th

I am the current playwright on Follow the Playwright, an initiative of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.  Click on the link to read more about I am Marguerite and see me read a short scene from the play.

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 shout-out for I am Marguerite from the Tricycle.


For further information on upcoming events click here. Upcoming.

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

Follow me on Twitter @shirleyplays