With his journey from stage to school to study and back paved with dramatic theatre, JCU Honours Student Todd Barty is taking a creative look at Australian Gothic and Magical Realism in theatre.
For Todd, drama has been the passion that has stuck with him throughout his life. “I studied theatre here in Townsville at JCU some years ago and specialised in acting. Drama really was the passion that stayed with me, and after completing my theatre degree, I studied education.”
By day, Todd is a drama teacher at St Anthony’s Catholic College in Townsville and at any other given time Todd is directing, writing and acting in theatre productions around North Queensland.
He has continued to direct a range of theatre productions around North Queensland, including work in the Ravenswood community, where he presented a series of short works – one of which referenced the people and history of the town. “I’ve recently worked with a group of actors to do a series of performances at Ravenswood for Halloween,” Todd says. “Prior to that I was the artistic director of Cloudstreet for Full Throttle Theatre Company’s 35th Anniversary.”
While Todd wears many hats — teacher, director and playwright — he continues to play an important role in the life of theatre throughout North Queensland. He has brought plays such as Pygmalion, The Secret Garden, and King Ubu to Townsville, and often reimagines beloved fairytales for the stage. “My most recent project with Props Youth Theatre is Sleeping Beauty of Camelot, which I wrote and directed for Christmas,” Todd says.