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David Barry
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22 Mar 2006
David Barry's autobiography spans almost five decades of theatre, film and television experience. As a 14 year old he toured Europe with Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in one of the most prestigious post-war theatre tours. Vivien Leigh took a shine to him and he saw both sides of her close up. One minute she was sweetness and light, and the next she became a screaming harridan as she publicly berated Sir Laurence. In his early twenties, he starred as Frankie Abbott in the hit television sitcoms Please, Sir! and Fenn Street Gang, and those days are recounted with great humour. Hilarious events unfold as he describes working with dodgy producers and touring with argumentative actors. His is a story that covers everything from the pitfalls of working in live television to performing with hard drinking actors. 'Imagine yourself travelling - as a member of the company - with a train-load of top stars to the great cities of Europe.' Daily Express

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Authors OnLine Ltd. (22 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755202260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755202263
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,091,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Barry is the pseudonym of Meurig Jones,and he was born in Bangor, North Wales. He attended Corona Academy Stage School in Chiswick, London, from the age of 12. As a child actor he worked with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in "Titus Andronicus", touring Europe in 1957. Also, as a teenager, filmed with Tyrone Power, and worked on stage with Paul Scofield. In his early 20s he played Frankie Abbott in "Please, Sir!" and "Fenn Street Gang", at which time he wrote his first broadcast script. He also wrote "Keep It in The Family" for Thames TV (3 episodes). His first book, "Each Man Kills" was published in 2002, and his autobiography "Flashback - an Actor's Life" was published in 2006, followed by "Willie the Actor", "The Ice Cream Time Machine" and recently "Mr Micawber Down Under". His next book will be published in April 2012 in his own name, "The Wrecking Bar" by Meurig Jones.
His favourite authors are Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck and many thriller writers, including Michael Connelly and Val McDermid.
Loves eavesdropping on pub customers where he picks up great dialogue. How about this one which Alan Bennett could have written.
Landlady: "I haven't seen you with your friend lately."
Man: "No, he's moved to Heathfield. He had to buy a bungalow for his wife's knees."

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4.0 out of 5 stars An actors life indeed. 24 April 2006
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Take a moment and have a think of what you were doing when you were a fourteen year old. Well for child actor Meurig Wyn Jones, later to be known as David Barry

the year of 1957 was to become a magical part of this young actors career. Having auditioned and successfully got the part in the production ' Titus Andronicus ' this young

actor was about to engage in a six week tour around such places as Paris, Venice, Belgrade, Zagreb, Vienna ans Warsaw with actors Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

This autobiography by David Barry is set in a series of flash backs from the time he spent on tour with Rodney Bewes and Gareth Hunt back in 1998. From these flash backs

David Barry opens a door showing us the real sides to many of the actors and actresses he has worked with. From the mentioned above to the people who acted in

Please Sir! and the Fenn Street Gang where David Barry played Frankie Abbott in the hit television shows. An actors life for me? i'm not to sure, for this autobiography shows that it's not always plain sailing and acting can take its toll. Depression, the abuse of alcohol just to get you through the day, terrible mood swings seem to be almost the norm.

To equal this there are also some very funny and happy times had by all and this is why people enjoy the acting experience and both sides are shown within the pages of the book.

If you are interested in treading the boards so to speak this book is a good eye opener to what life can be like. An enjoyable read indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener 28 April 2013
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I only really knew of David Barry from Please Sir and The Fenn Street Gang, two shows that I love.
So I bought David's autobiography to learn more about those shows and the actor who played the childlike Frankie Abbott.
I learnt so much. To think that as a 14 year old he toured Eastern Europe and The Soviet Union with Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, absolutely incredible, amazing, terrifying. He played Shakespeare and seriously dramatic roles.
And then came the possible curse of fame and Please Sir. I was very much interested in his post Please Sir work writing, producing and directing with Malcolm McFee, his work in Pantos, a specialised genre not given the credit it deserves.
Its also a very honest autobiography, telling of the pitfalls and hard graft that is the acting industry, the eccentric and often annoying characters you are often forced to work with during a shows run.
It is very well written. I liked the way it was set out almost in diary form rather than the usual chronological way. It made me want more and to ask Mr Barry questions about such and such show or person.
A most enjoyable read for any fan of his work or of the acting industry.
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