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Some glimpses of Barry Ferrier's diverse career in music, theatre and media design.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

In 1975 I auditioned for a production of "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" to be staged at the then brand new Semour Centre in Sydney. I just scraped in as chorus understudy and when the show opened spent a few frustrating weeks having to be there for the call but not appearing, till finally someone left and I joined the cast full time. Director Rufus Collins, a gentle African American with gold rimmed glasses, visualised the show as a cartoon and had 5 tons of white river sand installed as the stage which guaranteed the physicality of the show. It starred Mark Holden who had won Starsearch but was yet to throw roses as a pop star. i went on to understduy Arthur Dignam's Potiphar but never got to perfomr the role except in rehearsal.

 
Contributors
NameFunctionNotes
Eve Ritscher Costume Designer  
Brian Thompson Designer  
Rufus Collins Director  
Michael Carlos Musical Arranger  
Patrick Flynn Musical Director  
Joseph Dicker Performer Levi
Arthur Dignam Performer Potiphar/Simeon
Barry Ferrier Performer Ishmaelite
Robert Forza Performer Napthali
Denni Gordon Performer Jacob's Other Wives/Adoring Girls
Mark Holden Performer Joseph
Paul Johnstone Performer Isaachar/Butler
Gillian Jones Performer Jacob's Favourite Wife/Canaan Days
Merryn Joseph Performer Ishmaelite/Jacob's Other Wives/Adoring Girls
Stephen Little Performer Ishmaelite
Nicholas Lush Performer Asher
John McTernan Performer Narrator
Doreene Patenal Performer Jacob's Other Wives/Adoring Girls
Bill Paton Performer Gad/Baker
Andrew Sharp Performer Zebulun
Glenn Taylor Performer Benjamin
Jerry Thomas Performer Reuben
Stephen Thomas Performer Judah/Benjamin Calypso
Gordon Waller Performer Pharaoh/Jacob
Brian Withers Performer Dan

The reviews and audience reception were outstanding

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The Three Legends of Kra

In 1985 I became Music Director and composer for the epic Robyn Archer penned production entitled "The Three Legends of Kra" which was a feature of the opening ceremonies for the then brand new Queensland Performing Arts Complex. The theme was woman heros in various cultural contexts using craft to avoid impending disaster. The production was designed on a monumental scale by the genius of Australian theatre design and visual theatre Nigel Triffet and starred Diane Cilento (of "Goldfinger" fame, ex-wife of Sean Connery and the daughter of Lady Cilento who introduced vitamins supplements to the world ).
 
I wrote the third section of music for the Brisbane Youth orchestra in the style of Sibelius and conducted this awesome young orchestra for the nine performances - my one chance so far to write for and conduct an orchestra.
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Good Night World

In 1983 Barry co-wrote (with journalist, social issue campaign specialist and media lecturer Gerald Frape) the musical comedy of terrors "Goodnight World",  which enjoyed a 4 week season at Brisbane's historic La Boite Theatre in October 1984 (a suitably Orwellian year).  

Directed by the talented award winning writer/director Mary Hickson and with a cast of 16 young actors the show was set in a television studio on the eve of Armageddon. "Goodnight World" is a current affairs program that goes to air at midnight, and tonight the show is dedicated to Doomsday Theories - however, as fate would have it, Atomic Annihilation swept the world . The cast is trapped in the underground tv studio - and the show must go on. Various characters were to appear on the show for a discussion of this futuristic theories of the looming dangers of modern society. It featured Barry Ferrier as Professor E.H. Bagwash (complete with bad Russion accent) who was here to demonstrate the future of humanity - an android...

"Is the real purpose of the human race to breed a race of perfect Androids - a being that doesn't hate, that makes rational decisions not influenced by greed and xenophobia, an intelligent creature that doesn't destroy it's own environment? "

The Android was played by Tracey Tainsh (known for the films Frenchman's Farm (1987), The Power, the Passion (1989) and Bootleg (1985) . The professor is ultimately whipped to death by his robotic stage assistant when she suffers  a system malfunction while singing a torch song verson of "The Android" (see a video version of the song). Rebecca Frith another outstanding Australian actress, known for Love Serenade (1996), Me Myself I (1999) and Fetch (1998), and NIDA graduate Jeremy Godwin also appeared in the cast. Prominent Brisbane multi instrumentalist Donald Hall was band leader and vocal coach for the project.

The show received a rave review from the Australian celebrating it's pop melodies and recommending it move to other capitol cities, but alas it was not to be.

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Africa : the Savage Musical

Steve J. Spears, 1951-2007

After Barry finished the third season of Jesus Christ Superstar he auditioned for Africa : the Savage Musical written by Australian playwright Steve J. Spears. The cast included Steve J. Spears, Rodney Bain OBE (aka Felix b. Tonto), Rod Smith, Glenda Lum and Pam Miller (later a member of pop band the Ferrets) with Peter Inglis as musician and the show toured university campuses in 4 states. It was a savage look at the plight of indigenous Australians by drawing a parallel with South Africa's apartheid and featured some very catchy songs, slapstick and physical satire.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Barry Ferrier's first venture into music theatre came after a chance encounter of a cue of people with guitars outside the Capitol Theatre led to a successful audition for the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ, Superstar. He played the role of one of Jesus' twelve disciples and an understudy role as a Pharisee, performing 8 shows a week for nearly two years, at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney and the Palais Theatre in Melbourne.

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The Lindsay Kemp Company

Lindsay Kemp is a British dancer, actor, teacher, mime artist and choreographer.

Barry was invited to join the internationally celebrated Lindsay Kemp Company in the mid-70s and worked with this ensemble in Kemp's adaption of Jen Genet's "Flowers"  at the Comedy and Her Majesties Theatres in Melbourne. He then composed the music (in collaboration with Andrew Wilson) for the Oscar Wilde play "Salome",  performing at the New Arts Cinema, Glebe, and going on to a sell out season at the Roundhouse in London. The London Times described Barry's  music for this production as "thrilling".

Lindsay Kemp first met David Bowie in the summer of 1967 and breifly instructed him on the benefits of mime applied to any theatrical presentation. The Kemp - Bowie association together produced many new and exciting ideas and influences for the young David who has since remarked 'I owe it all to Lindsay' .

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Johnny Cash Tribute Show

The Australian Johnny Cash Tribute Show

Country Superstar Johnny Cash was a music industry legend for half a century with an instantly recognisable voice and style. The hit movie "I Walk the Line" introduced his dramatic life story and his unmistakeable, tough music to a younger generation of music lovers. Johnny Cash fans now cover three generations.

Even people who might secretly confess to hating Country Music are nevertheless fired up with enthusiasm about his legendary up-tempo hits such as Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, Get Rhythm, I Walk the Line - there are just so many great and unique songs in the Johnny Cash repertoire.

Those familiar with the highly successful bio-pic will know of the enduring love story between Johnny Cash and June Carter. A member of the iconic country music group The Carter Family, June grew up in showbiz and became an accomplished comedienne. singer, and song writer - a true music professional and star in her own right. Together they were a towering force in American Music.

Vocalist & writer Barry Ferrier has brought together a team of talented performers to create an immersive music theatre show based on the Cash Story and interaction between these two gifted and unique music artists, told in the first person with insights into Johnny & the Tennessee Two's wild ride from obscurity to stardom. 

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