ISLE OF WIGHT
Barbara has written the film Rumpy Pumpy! for Carnaby Films from her musical of the same name. This story of two Ladies from the Hampshire WI who go on a worldwide tour to find the perfect brothel is a comedy drama with real heart. Barbara composed all the songs and is working with Wmmy-nominated Musical Arranger John Cameron. Barbara wrote the screenplay The Last Chance Mommas, a comedy drama about a middle aged, all female Punk Band set on the Isle of Wight, and the screenplays Mimi and Cowboy Girls which was promoted by Oscar-winning Screenwriter Anthony Minghella. Anthony described Barbara's screenplay as “Bold, highly original and enormous fun.” Barbara's first screenplay Mimi was commissioned by Media II. Barbara has also written Episode One for her own TV series Sexual Healing.
At BBC Drama, Barbara was Senior Script Editor, co-creating and developing the long running police series Dangerfield, Dalziel & Pascoe, the comedy-dramas Rumble and Inspector Sheikh. Barbara produced the film Seed (BBC) and developed the award-winning two part film Bad Company which resulted in the release of the Birmingham Four. Barbara wrote original dramas Campaigners for Kudos Productions and Pelvic Floors for World Productions.
As a Producer/Director, Barbara directed Pop Promos for Harry Films and produced the BBC Documentary An Evening Without John McCarthy about the Beirut hostage. Barbara directed The Fashion Show (BSkyB) and was a Researcher on The Paranormal, The Weather (Channel 4), Producer on The Paralympics, Gold: Special Olympics, Care on the Cheap and Separate Development - for Channel 4.
Barbara’s musical Rumpy Pumpy!, which she wrote and composed, was staged at Windsor Theatre and The Union Theatre in 2016, starring Louise Jameson and Linda Nolan. Rumpy Pumpy! opened at The King’s Head Theatre in 2015 in their New Playwrights Season. The Kings Head described it as: ''London Road meets Sweet Charity meets Calendar Girls.' One critic wrote: 'This bright and bold little Musical could go a long way!' and audiences in London and Windsor were unanimous with their enjoyment of the show.
Barbara’s career began writing sketches with comedians Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson on the Comedy Fringe. Barbara has a Masters in Creative Writing from Portsmouth University, a BA Hons from Hull University and lectured in Screenwriting at Portsmouth and Southampton Solent Universities. Barbara's novel Eat The View reached the top 100 on Amazon, chosen by The Sun as their Book of the week. 'A very funny novel with lots of truly delicious characters!' Natasha Harding, Books Editor.
Barbara is on the Advisory Board of Film Expo South, a member of Women in Film, an Associate of Mercury Musicals Development and a member of the Musicians Union.