Barry Kay, internationally acclaimed stage and costume designer, photographer, born 1932 Melbourne Australia, died 1985 London England




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Erin McMahon

April 10, 2008

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It is a beautiful website befitting such an amazing designer.

In lieu of an online guestbook the Barry Kay Archive invites site visitors to send us their Comments about this web domain. If of general public interest, they will be placed on this page. When contacting us, please don't forget to include your permission to be quoted on this site.

Marketing Manger
Palais Theatre Management Pty Ltd
St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia

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David Vigo

April 08, 2008

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What wonderful work. The biography is splendid. It is fascinating to read about all that work Barry did over those years.

Arts and Music Impresario
Hocking & Vigo Pty Ltd
Melbourne, Australia

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Arnold Wengrow

March 30, 2008

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I like your new website.

Professor Emeritus of Drama
University of North Carolina
Asheville, NC, USA

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Dr Daro Montag

September 24, 2007

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The Barry Kay Archive website looks great.

Artist, Researcher and Lecturer
University College Falmouth
Falmouth, Cornwall, UK


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National Library of Australia - Russell Latham

December 11, 2006

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Thank you for granting the National Library of Australia a copyright licence on 21st November to include Barry Kay Archive in the PANDORA Archive. This licence permits the Library to copy your publication into the Archive and to retain it and provide online public access to it in perpetuity.

I am delighted to inform you that your publication, Barry Kay Archive, is now publicly available in the PANDORA Archive and can be accessed from this link

National Library of Australia
PANDORA - Australia's Web Archive
Canberra, ACT, Australia

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Margot Vaughan

August 16, 2006


I am delighted that the website has come up so well. Very interesting and informative. I especially loved the bit about going to Europe without the broom... Fathers!

Associate Curator of Collections
Wesley College
Melbourne, Australia


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Frank van Straten OAM

July 28, 2006

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I am certainly aware of your wonderful website and have been looking forward to the inclusion of biographical material.

Theatre Historian
Author of one hundred short biographies about Australian theatre artists
Virtual Hall of Fame
Live Performance Australia
Melbourne, Australia

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Bettina Raeder

June 9, 2006

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Your homepage is most informative and fantastic.

Press Office
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Berlin, Germany


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Clifford Hocking MA

June 10, 2004

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The Barry Kay Archive website is looking sensationally good.

Arts and Music Impresario
Clifford Hocking Enterprises Pty Ltd
Melbourne, Australia


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Dr Jakob Knaus

November 16, 2004

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Now I have had a look at your pages for The Cunning Little Vixen. Their assembly seems to have progressed relatively fast. The images are excellent and clear in every detail. Most absorbing are the set designs.

Leoš Janáček Society
Uetikon am See, Switzerland


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Andreas Mage

October 24, 2004

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Guten Morgen Herr Werner

Da Sie leider kein Gästebuch auf Ihrer Seite haben, muß ich mein Statement auf diesem Weg loswerden.

Das Layout Ihrer Seite ist in meinen Augen ein klasse Beispiel dafür, mit wie wenig man ungeheuer viel erreichen kann. Nicht nur, daß es die Seite "leicht bedienbar" macht, es verleiht ihr auch eine ganz eigne Ästhetik und somit ihre Persönlichkeit, durch welche sie in meinen Augen erst interessant und lebending wird!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Andreas Mage

PS: Persönlich hätte ich mir ledidglich noch eine Möglichkeit gewünscht, die Photos in der dazugehörigen Rubrik vergrößern zu können, um auch die kleinen Details zu finden, die es mit Sicherheit gibt.


Mr Andreas Mage wrote to us in German via e-mail from American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean. A number of messages were exchanged since. Instead of recording all of our responses we elected to quote only analogous excerpts of relevance.

Good morning Mr Werner

Since, unfortunately, you do not have a guest book on your web page, I need to deliver my statement via this note.

In my view, the layout of your web page is a splendid example of how little is required to achieve a tremendous amount. Not only does it render the page user-friendly, but it also imparts to it its very own aesthetics and thus its personal flair which, I feel, is the only way of making it interesting and lively!

With kind regards

Andreas Mage

PS: Personally, I merely wished for a way of enlarging the photographs in their respective categories so as to detect the finer details, which surely are present.


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Analogous excerpts

Conscious of structuring this website user-friendly, we relayed to Mr Mage which criteria we are striving to observe to make the Archive's online publication as accessible and effective as possible.

Concerning the viewing of details, we explained that this website is very much in its infancy and therefore by no means complete. Before we could concentrate on providing enlarged images, we had to install rudimentary alphabetical indices and small preview images first.

We pointed out that a range of images displayed on completed (!) production pages, as for The Cunning Little Vixen, can indeed be enlarged to view details. A number of individual Set Designs are also linked to detailed full-screen images. In the process of establishing expanded tableaux for each production, many more full-screen images rich in detail will be added eventually. It is our objective to show as many designs as feasible to provide a well-chosen cross selection of Barry Kay's enormous artistic output. The sheer volume however exceeds the scope of this publication, so that not all designs on display can be enlarged for close-up viewing of details.

Director & Curator
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