The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Denise Duffy

Denise participated in 46 productions at the Barn.

Denise died in mid-December, having suffered a heart attack some weeks beforehand. I’m used to writing these notices for Barn News but I can think of no better words than those used by Simon, our Chairman, in his announcement of her passing, in his email to the membership.

‘Her shining, happy spirit, generosity and remarkably positive outlook on life, will stay with everyone who was fortunate enough to have known her.’

Denise had been involved with Barn productions since October 1973 when she did the set decoration for The Magistrate. She worked backstage as props, set painting, costumes and ASM, and played recorder in two period plays, Canterbury Tales and As You Like It in 1988 and 1989. On stage she was occasionally seen in chorus roles of which especially memorable was the award-winning Erpingham Camp which played in the English Finals at Bognor.

Her rare appearances in named roles included Claribelle the Cow in Jack and the Beanstalk in 1976. The archives reveal she worked in nearly 50 productions.

Together with Heather Gill, Denise was working weekly on the archives, sorting, labelling and filing, for ten years, a massive job which has made our archives so interesting and accessible.

Although not an official Barn activity, the Barnstormers were a music-hall group of Barn members which played a dozen or so performances each year in various halls for charity between 1974 and 1990, and in these Denise was regularly onstage as singer and dancer. The group played in the Barn programme just before Christmas in 1983.

Always helpful and always good company, Denise will be sorely missed.

We send our condolences to Brian, Tracey and Lou and their families and to her many friends.

Keith Thompson
Keith Thompson



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