BEING on stage has long been a secret ambition for Barbara Helyar – now at 83 she has become an internet video star.
Barbara, of Newsome, has a role in the Crazy Horse Chronicles, a series being broadcast on YouTube by Huddersfield filmmakers Clementina Herrero and Kathy Noble.
The series is a family comedy which tells the story of singer Mickey – aka Crazy Horse – and his bid to form a successful band.
Barbara plays an elderly woman who auditions to be part of the band.
In real life though, she got the part without having to audition.
She was at the butcher’s when she and Clementina competed for the last pies.
Clementina realised Barbara could be just the woman she was seeking.
Barbara said: “I thought it might be a con at first but it was all genuine.
“It all came down to two meat pies!”
Barbara and husband John have been ballroom dancers for years and Barbara used to be a hostess at Browns dance hall in Huddersfield.
But she has never acted before.
“I always wanted to do some acting but I never joined a group,’’ she said. “I didn’t think I’d be able to do this, but I enjoyed it. I would like to do a bit more.”
Clementina said: “She’s a natural. She was brilliant on set and was great with lines. I hope we can have her in the show more.”
Like Barbara, most of the Crazy Horse cast are local and filming locations have included Springwood, Huddersfield town centre and the Rose and Crown at Almondbury.
Each month a segment of the first episode of Crazy Horse Chronicles is uploaded to YouTube.
Two segments are already online and the third will be online within weeks.
Clementina and Kathy have written three series of scripts and are hoping the YouTube tasters will capture the interest of a producer.
Clementina said: “Some companies liked the script, but it’s easier for them to get it if there’s a visual too.
“It’s great that we have YouTube as you couldn’t have done this years ago.”
To boost viewing numbers, they are running competitions.
The last competition invited viewers to watch the first Crazy Horse segment and correctly guess how many spoonfuls of cornflakes one character ate.
They then had to phone or text in.
The winner of the £500 prize was Shane Butcher, of Almondbury.
Another competition is running now and the prize is a walk-on part.
Clementina said: “New characters are coming all the time so we need new people.”
To find out more about Crazy Horse, or the competition, visit www.ckreations.co.uk