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We Say Goodbye to Emrys Bryson

1 April 2021

We at Nottingham Playhouse are sad to hear of the passing of Emrys Bryson.

Emrys was a prolific reviews and feature writer who attended our first ever opening in 1963, and championed theatre throughout his 40 years at the Nottingham Post.

His son Vic Bryson, writing for The Guardian, has described how his father’s reviews “often hammered out at midnight in the deserted newsroom, were always sparky and entertaining.”

He also wrote for the stage – including Owd Yer Tight, which opened our first arts festival in 1965. He even chronicled Nottingham’s history and very much became a cornerstone of our city’s cultural community.

Tributes have poured in from those in our local community, who remember Emrys as a staple at Nottingham Playhouse press nights and was a huge supporter of local productions.

Chief Executive Stephanie Sirr said: “No press night was complete without Emrys Bryson.  A lovely man and devoted to theatre. We will miss him greatly.”

Playwright Stephen Lowe added: “Emrys, I think we two were the last of those who attended the opening night of  Nottingham Playhouse in 1963. I always remember you as being the best dressed critic in the country. It was always a pleasure to see you. Over the years Emrys has reviewed all of my plays at the Playhouse. He was full of love for the theatre. I always looked out for him at the openings. He was, as Chaucer says, a ‘parfait gentil knight’. He will be sorely missed by us all.”

Actress and Playwright Tanya Myers also reflected: “Emrys, thank you for your kindness and the respect you showed everyone on all occasions. You had the capacity to remember people’s names and always make them feel of worth. I will remember with a smile your genuine questions trying to understand my work. And your generosity of spirit in encouraging new voices…. My thoughts are with your family…. we will miss you.”

Our thoughts are with all of Emrys’ family and friends at this time.

Picture: Emrys Bryson and Colin George at the Lost Plays Gala Evening in 2013. Photo Credit: Robert Day.

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