Richard Wright and Amy Newman have been telling the stories of British Columbia’s Cariboo gold rush for decades. As Newman & Wright Theatre Company they have been operating Barkerville’s Theatre Royal for 15 years. Here they have written, performed and produced 30 different shows about this time and place.

As a film producer, director, author and historian Richard has written 23 books, most of these on the history of British Columbia. He has filmed 14 shows for CBC on a variety of subjects and has worked on several films shot in the Cariboo. He excels at bringing history alive. One of his projects was to bring back camels to Barkerville - after 150 years. He operates Winter Quarters Productions as a photographer and cinematographer.

As a producer, artistic director, actor, writer, costume designer and performer Amy has developed a deep understanding of the people and the culture of the time. Her stage work is remarkable in its authenticity.  Together, their gold rush knowledge is seldom equaled. The films bring all their skills to the forefront. They are now combining their skills to film and produce Cariboo Gold Rush Backstories -  short form films telling the hidden stories of the men and women who made the gold rush part of their lives, as Richard and Amy have done.

JUNE 23, 28, JULY 4, 11, 18, 25, AUGUST 8, 15, 22 at 7:30 pm                     BY DONATION, PWYC, At The Door 


Testimony: The Jessie Hamilton Story
Time 42:40
Winner of Honourable Mention in the Documentary Feature Category – Los Angeles Film Awards.

The 1864 trial in the case of John Baumgartner vs Regina for the murder of Everina Rice. A miscarriage of justice is told and reviewed through reenactments, deep research and documentary evidence. A disturbing story that is as relevant today as it was 160 years ago.

The Nail: The Story of John Adair
Time 29:14
The story of Grouse Creek miner John Adair is traced through three generations, from the Battle of New Orleans to the Cariboo Gold Rush and beyond.  And you don’t really know the whole story until the twist at the end.

A Bad Bad Man: The Story of Boone Helm
Time: 29:51
Known as one of the worst, most depraved of all gold rush outlaws Boone Helm’s ride of lawlessness takes us from Kentucky to California through the Cariboo Gold Rush to the town of Virginia City, Montana.

Leap of Faith:
The Story of John Jones, Overlander
Time: 27:40
In 1858 a small group of men left Faribault, Minnesota, heading for British Columbia Gold. It turned into a journey of desperation. This is their story of crossing the Rockies in early winter.

Avenger Redux
Time 23:26
Winner of Best Documentary Short
    – Los Angeles Film Awards

Winner of Best Cariboo Film
    – Moonrise Film Festival
A film exploring the intriguing connection between  Barkerville miner Col. John Van Houten and the Earp clan of Tombstone, Arizona and how Wyatt Earp avenged his murder.

A Shooting in Tombstone
Time: 17
John Adams was one of the wealthy miners of Williams Creek, but a shootout and the death of a town constable in Tombstone, Arizona sent him to Yuma Territorial prison.

Time: 3 min
A short look at the early town of Barkerville on Williams Creek, Cariboo.

A Country Called Cariboo
Time: 5:07
A music video from the Theatre Royal, Barkerville.

1869: The Rush to White Pine, Nevada
Time: 14:17
The Barkerville fire of 1868 sent miners fleeing the desolated town and heading for a new rush in the high White Pine Mountains of Nevada.

The Skedaddler
Time: 16:19
A Barkerville miner and Victoria merchant skedaddled, ran off on his debtors and ended up founding the town of Caliente, Nevada.

Searching for Alfred
Time: 10:44
The story of Alfred Urlin, a Canadian Overlander of 1862 and Montana pioneer who was a founder of Missoula, Montana.