Phil Barnett is the founder of Kidz R Us, a youth theatre group and registered charity which he has headed for the last 26 years.

His life's highlights have been many; he has directed and produced three world premieres. He also directed The Likes of Us, the first show ever written by Sir Tim Rice & Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Titanic the Musical at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall which was performed on the night of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

He was also proud to perform a principal role alongside West End and Broadway stars in The Proms West Side Story production at the Royal Albert Hall.

Phil was honoured to receive The Queens Award for Voluntary Services and The British Empire Medal for services to youth. Being chosen to take part in The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief out of 11,000 nominated people was one of the highlights of his life and also where Phil met Anna Kennedy.
Phil says, “Five years ago when I met Anna I had heard very little about Autism and I knew very little about how widespread it was and how differently it affected different people! I was hungry to learn more and the more I heard, the more I wanted to know. I soon realised that a lot of our former members were on the spectrum but I hadn’t recognised what they needed and how we as an organisation could have helped them so I resolved to do better in the future and have since made sure that we are more autism aware.

Phil alongside all of his other work with those with autism comperes the Autism’s Got Talent shows.

Session One: Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Phil is unable to join us for his sessions over the two days.

Session Two: Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Phil is unable to join us for his sessions over the two days.

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