Plays by Mick Barnes have been staged in most of Australia’s bigger cities and in Edinburgh. They include: Unit 46, directed by and starring Mark Lee at Sidetrack Theatre, Sydney, a revival toured Adelaide, Sydney and Edinburgh; The King and Di, starring Amanda Bishop and Russell Newman, premiered the Crypt Theatre, Sydney, then went to Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong, Glen Street, Sydney; Conspiracy, starring Amanda Bishop, premiered at the Crypt Theatre, Sydney; Eleven Eleven, starring Michael Ross, played an extended season at the Ensemble Theatre, Sydney; R.I.P. Ripper, directed by Denise Roberts, Balmain Town Hall, Ratbag Theatre Company, Sydney; The Runaway Man, La Boite Theatre, Brisbane; Inside-Out, Panorama Players, Adelaide.
Rainbow Requiem for the Australian Writers’ Theatre starred the late Aboriginal actor Oodgeroo Noonuccle (Kath Walker) in the lead role. Please Explain, a satirical one-woman show starring Rhoda Roberts, was a feature of the Carnivale Festival at Belvoir Street Theatre. Inquest on Joe Charles and The Executioners were workshopped by Melbourne Theatre Company and The Executioners also had a reading at Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney.
Barnes has been a television scriptwriter and has written for a wide range of Australian magazines and newspapers as a feature writer, columnist and theatre critic.