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One of the greatest things you can do at Barker is Drama. We have a dynamic department of approachable, specialist  teachers who are passionate about creating, performing and inspiring others.
Our Barker Drama Alumni have studied at such prestigious training institutions as NIDA, WAAPA, VCA and many more. Not to mention the large number now working in the industry in a breadth of different roles.


In 2016 16 students from HSC Drama were nominated for selection into OnStage. Some for both their Group Performance and their Individual Performances.

Barker Theatre Co.

Over the years our plays have been a varied collection of styles, themes and theatrical presentations. And the main drive is always the student experience.

Each year group from Year 9 – Year 12 has a dedicated play every year. The incoming director selects the text and auditions usually attract over 50 students per production. It is possible for any student to audition for these plays – you do not need to be taking curriculum Drama to audition. For many students their role in the play whether it is on or off the stage is one of the defining moments of their time at Barker, an experience that lasts forever.


Only recently returned to the Barker stage it is attracting an increasing number of players in years 10 – 12. The students “practice” once a week and compete in the annual inter-school’s competition.

Previous Productions

Barker’s history with plays and school productions date back to 1914; an astonishing record that affirms the important place the performing arts has always had in the life of the school

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Recent Productions


The Roaring Girl, The Good Person of Szechwan, The Real Inspector Hound and God, Crazy for You, The Chocolate War

Vanity Fair, Arcadia, Fallen - a collection of 3 short plays, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Resistable Rise of Atruro Ui


Pride and Prejudice, Wylde Idylls, Midsummer Night's Dream, Singin' in the Rain, Henry V


Summerfolk, Toy Symphony, The Merry-go-round in the Sea, Sweet Charity, Mariners' Rimes


Twelfth Night, The Government Inspector, The Spook, Anything Goes, Lord of the Flies