Updated: Jun 11
Barbara has recorded a new two-part interview in which she talks at length about her award-winning career in Musical Theatre.
From her debut in Willy Russell's 'John Paul George Ringo... & Bert' in 1974 to her acclaimed roles as the original Mrs. Johnstone in 'Blood Brothers' and Pools winner Viv Nicholson in Steve Brown and Justin Greene's 'Spend Spend Spend,' Barbara talks to Rob Cope in a newly-recorded interview about how her involvement with each show came about, her fears of failing and the successes and failures along the way.
Talking about how her role in 'Blood Brothers' came about, Barbara recalls:
"What happened was that it was suggested that I do it, and I said, "no, I can't do that because I've never acted and there's too much at stake and I don't want to fall flat on my face. I haven't got the confidence to do that. I really don't want to expose myself to that.
"Bernard Theobald... and Willy [Russell] and Chris Bond, who was taken on board as the director, all said to me, "look, would you have a go at it and if it's an absolute catastrophe in rehearsals, you know, just get the hell out of it".
"Willy came down and I read a few speeches with him and Chris. Chris said to me... 'imagine that your son is in the police station and this speech of yours is to try and get some sort of leniency for him for him before he goes off again to jail for another year. So, can you do the speech again?' So, I did the speech again and he looked at Willy and he said, 'yeah. Yeah, she can do it."