> Guest Character
Candace Barkham Kate
Occupation: Principal at Erinsborough High School
arrived at Erinsborough High as a permanent replacement for
Susan Kennedy, who had been
forced to leave her job due to suffering retrograde amnesia.
Ms. Barkham couldn’t have been more different from the woman
whose job she took. Where Susan was known for her warm personality
and occasional leniency, Candace took no prisoners.
soon as Susan returned to the school, in her new role as VCE
co-ordinator, the two women clashed. Susan felt that Candace
had it in for her, while Candace believed Susan was threatened
by seeing someone in her old job. While Susan wanted to give
her English class free reign over their choice of novels to
study, Candace over-ruled her, stating that they must choose
from the reading list. Later, when a job teaching media studies
came up at the school, Libby
went for an interview but was not given the job, something
else Susan felt was simply to get at her.
Karl started attending alcoholics
anonymous meetings, after a recent brush with drink driving,
he struck up a conversation with a woman there, little realising
that it was his wife’s arch-enemy. Candace was attending the
meetings to research a talk on alcohol at the school, but
when Susan found out, she felt betrayed by her husband. Karl
tried to convince her that she was being irrational and even
invited Candace to dinner, so the two of them could work things
out. The meeting did little to help matters, though it did
show that Candace was willing to try, though Susan wasn’t
quite so willing to listen.
Candace also had a running feud with Lori
Lee, who had recently started at the school in order to
finish year 12. Lori was a bit of a free spirit and refused
to wear the uniform, but Candace forced her to wear one from
lost property. The feud continued as Lori frequently ‘forgot’
to come to school in uniform and it ended with her almost
being thrown out after Taj took
a picture of Ms. Barkham with a wedgie and it was posted all
over the school.
months later, Sky and Boyd
got an insight into the personal life of Candace when they
decided to answer a personal ad from a woman named Candy.
It seemed that Candace had bumped into a guy wearing a blue
suit at the fruit market and had felt a connection. Sky and
Boyd arranged a fake meeting with ‘Blue Suit Guy’ at the Coffee
Shop, but seeing how heartbroken Candace was when he didn’t
turn up, they made it their mission to find him. When they
found the guy at the fruit market, they tried to pass a message
on to him showing him the advert, but failed. Eventually,
they got the pair of them to Lassiter’s restaurant at the
same time, where they hit it off and left together.
softer side was revealed again around this time, when she
visited Libby at home. Libby had quit her job after everyone
found out that she’d slept with Taj, one of her students.
Candace visited her and explained that she, too, had once
had an affair with a student when she first started out as
a teacher. She told Libby that she’d left the profession afterwards
and deeply regretted it. Libby was touched by this and, when
Candace told her of a teaching job in Adelaide, she took it.
Kate Whitbread has played numerous other guest roles in Neighbours
including Glen's doctor, Dr.Greer, in early 1992 and Janet
Harper, Julie and Philip's marriage guidance counsellor the