Also writes as: Svetloff ; Kester Baruch
Born: Established: 3 Oct 1903 Adelaide, South Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 29 Jun 1992 Corfu, Greek islands,
Perkins was inspired to take the name "Baruch" from Baruch ben Neriah (meaning "Blessed, son of My Candle is God" in Hebrew), a sixth century B.C. scribe, disciple, and devoted friend of the Biblical prophet Jeremiah. Baruch ben Neriah is traditionally credited with authoring the deuterocanonical Book of Baruch.
Research into Berwick's association with the W.E.A. has located an advertisement in the Adelaide Advertiser publicising Berwick's specially-devised course 'Preparation for the Theatre.' The location given was Studio 4, Gawler (24 February 1945, p.10). Almost exactly a year later he was identified as one of three theatre lecturers employed by the W.E.A. The others were Colin Ballantyne and Charles Gordon (Advertiser 4 February 1946, 6).
The State Library of New South Wales holds the manuscripts of two unpublished novels by Berwick, 'Flow on Aroona: To School with Young Actors' and 'Harps in the Wind: A Novel of the Aegean'. These are held in the 'Robert Dessaix Papers 1932-2007' collection relating to the novel Corfu (MLMSS 7925).
Although Berwick authored more than a dozen plays, most of which were staged, none have ever been published.
See Kester Baruch entry for a list of newspaper articles written and published under that name.
This biography and research in the works of Kester Baruch/Berwick has been contributed by Dr Clay Djubal as part of a digital archive and educational program research grant (2015-2016) awarded to Kerry Kilner (UQ Research Fellow, School of Communication and Arts, The University of Queensland). Funding for this grant was made available by The Ian Potter Foundation.
AustLit would also like to acknowledge Thelma Afford's two publications 'Ab-Intra Studio Theatre in Adelaide 1931-35' (1988) and Dreamers and Visionaries : Adelaide's Little Theatres From the 1920s to the Early 1940s (2004), as being significant resources for this research.