The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Denys Wells

Denys participated in 24 productions at the Barn.

Denys Wells

We received news of the death of Denys in May. Working with I.C.I. in the town, he had been active with their group and also the Welwyn Folk Players, lighting two of the joint productions with the Welwyn Drama Club in 1965 and 1966 (Maria Marten and The Wayward Way) which were the immediate precursors of the amalgamation of the two clubs.

With the Barn he worked solely as a lighting man, and between October 1970 and November 1990 lit over 20 productions. In 1990 he and his wife Marion took over the duties of Club Archivist for several years. For many years Marion was responsible for the distribution of Barn News (often by bicycle).

Denys served as Treasurer to the Club from 1977 until 1987 and, together with Louis Davis, negotiated the purchase of the freehold of the building from the New Towns Commission over many months, and it finally became our property in 1984. Denys also built our first electronic lighting switchboard.

A quiet and serious companion, Denys was a valuable member of the crew of any production with which he was involved. In recent years Marion’s health afforded him less opportunity to work at the Barn, but he remained a regular visitor.

We send our sincere condolences to Marion and their friends and relatives.



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