Barry Versus Kelly

clip_image002Event: Barry Versus Kelly

Where: East Ringwood Community Hall, Knaith Rd, Ringwood East

When: Saturday August 6 at 8.15pm

Cost: $36/31/21

Further information: Ph: Felix 0413-801294 or email;

A musical drama by Felix Meagher  (with additional music by Lou Hesterman and Cyril Moran) about the trial and execution of Ned Kelly in November 1880. Barry Versus Kelly focuses on the confrontation between Ned and the Judge, Sir Redmond Barry.

Barry, whose harsh sentencing of Ned’s mother Ellen, to three years goal in 1878 sparked the Kelly Outbreak, is haunted by Ned’s last words to him. ‘I will see you where I go.’ Barry is fiercely determined to see Irish rebels like Ned Kelly punished, but he fears he might be making a martyr out of Ned.

Declining in health and suffering delusions, Barry wrestles with his  conscience and the fears that his family in Ireland sees him as a traitor.

Meanwhile Ellen Kelly, on the day before the hanging, sings to Ned that he is the Loyal Son.Barry finally signs the papers that condemn Kelly and in a dying speech asks that his family be told that ‘I took a rebel with me.’


Ned Kelly :   Anthony Penhall

Judge Barry:   Felix Meagher

Ellen Kelly:    Cora Browne

Chief Secretary Berry:    Danny Spooner

Chloe:    Luci Barratt

Musicians:    Cyril Moran & Lou Hesterman

 Feedback suggests that this event, over 135 years later, might be as emotionally  close to the story as you can get.

I felt I was right there – felt how those people must have felt!

It was brilliant. I highly recommend it!

One of the very best stage shows I have seen!

The new musical drama Barry Versus Kelly, was launched at The Old Melbourne Gaol in August 2014.  It is produced by Bushwahzee, and features Anthony Penhall as Ned Kelly.