It runs in the family


It was a three-generation affair for the Barhams at the recent 2018 Otago Southland Theatre Awards – aka OSTAs – in Oamaru.

From left are Cromwell’s John Barham, granddaughter, Queens-towner Zoe Barham, her mum Sarah, her grand-mother Francoise and her dad Blaise.

The Queenstown Barhams performed in Remarkable Theatre’s play, Away, last September, while John, 84, performed in Clyde Theatre Group’s production of Daughters of Heaven

Sarah won ‘best sup-porting female in a play’, while John and Blaise were finalists for ‘best supporting male in a play’.

Blaise says Sarah’s per-formance as Gwen was amazing – “she went through a whole range of different emotions”.

“She was a very bossy, controlling wife – I’m glad she’s not like that all the time.”

Blaise was also chuffed for his dad – “he’s done about 60 or 70 plays” – and says it’s amazing they were finalists for the same award.

“It’s probably better that neither of us won.”

He also sings the praises of his 14-year-old daughter, Zoe, who was lead dancer and assistant choreographer in Away, and has just started an acting course with Queenstown’s Kate Moetaua Drama Collective.

Remarkable Theatre, which hadn’t entered the OSTAs before, had eight finalists in the running, while Wakatipu High had two for last year’s production of Little Shop of Horrors