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Pat Barnett's first NT appearance was in 1954 in Home Brew, followed by roles in Out of Commission (as an ASIO informant) and Pacific Paradise in 1955. He was in Under the Coolibah Tree 1956 and Sean O'Casey's one-act The End of the Beginning 1957. A strong tenor, he played Joe Collins in Reedy River (1960 and 1963). Other roles were in Sandhog 1962, The Wall 1963 and revues including TV or Not TV 1957 and Fission Chips 1959. In On Stage Vietnam 1967 he did a Dean Martin Show send-up. He directed The Hunters and the Henwife 1969 and was a co-director on What’s New 1973.

Pat directed Hootenanny folk concerts in 1964, rewrote Peter Francis’ popular Contact Street Theatre script Stinko, took part in a concert for striking miners at Bellbird in 1956 and a show for striking Metters employees in 1957. He compered NT fundraising parties and adjudicated Workshops.

In 1977 he married Shirley McDonald née Broadway her husband Laurie McDonald. They moved to Palm Beach and because of distance dropped out of NT but became involved with the Peninsula Theatre Company. Pat wrote musicals Pride and Prejudice and Shylock.

Shirley Barnett remained at Coffs Harbour after the death there of "PB" in October 1992.

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