Bio

Barbara is a 30 year veteran who divides her time equally between film and theatre: the classics and contemporary works; writing and performing; musicals and plays. This past year she starred in two Hallmark MOVs: Harvest Moon and My Better Half; filmed the web series Mom and Me with her brilliant daughter directing; is working on the TV series Super-natural, and is about to head into rehearsals for Billy Elliot. Recent musical theatre credits include My Fair LadyFiddler on the RoofThe Music Man, and The Spitfire Grill. She was part of the Bard on the Beach company as Gertrude in their sold-out production of Hamlet and, conversely, in Jeeves Intervenes on Vancouver Island.

She is busy working on her own scripts, living by the beach and enjoying all life has to offer. Her two adult children provide her with great pride, constant entertainment and are an endless source of material. She salutes all moms, especially the hardy souls around the world who run naked after her infant son in front of thousands of laughing fans. Storytelling, laughter sharing mums : I salute you!

...the way the creators have used their experiences and insights to communicate a whole world of emotions and discoveries means this cabaret can be appreciated and embraced by a much broader audience of men and women. Just don’t forget your Kleenex. The tears are never too far behind the laughter in this one.

Barbara Crook, The Vancouver Sun Vancouver, Canada

…All the stories have the ring of truth and hilarious familiarity, and are cunningly arranged in a structure that is both satisfying and theatrical.

Michael Coveney, The Daily Mail London, UK

Mom’s the Word is a beautifully crafted show, full of warm, tragic-comedy rhythm of life and absolutely impossible to dislike…providing one of the funniest and most enjoyable girls’ nights out currently on offer in Britain.

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman Glasgow, UK