The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Tina Jolly

Tina participated in 40 productions at the Barn.

Tina’s recent death, after a period of illness which did not keep her away from the Barn, was recognised by a gathering at the Barn after the service attended by a large crowd of friends and family.

Under her maiden name Goode she first appears in the archives as a last-minute stand-in prompt for the production of One Way Pendulum for the Welwyn Drama Club in 1967. She was then involved in various backstage roles and also appeared on stage in Still Life, Billy Liar and the Welwyn Drama Club’s final production, Hotel Paradiso, in 1969. At this time she was also Secretary of the Club.

After the formation of the Barn Theatre Club she continued to be regularly filling onstage and backstage roles, as a consequence of which she met Brian, her future husband who was lighting these shows, and worked for Director Ron Jolly, her new father-in-law. Then there is quite a gap in the archives until 1994 which I imagine was due to bringing up her two boys, Nigel and Martyn, the latter of whom keeps up their long family connection with our theatre, now further extended by Tina’s granddaughter Flora.

Apart from assisting on many productions, Tina organised theatre trips, and regularly managed the catering for club events. She appeared on stage again in a couple of small parts in Dad’s Army and The Ladykillers, but to newer members, she will be remembered as a willing and helpful organizer, frequently at the centre of social gatherings at the Barn. Cheerful, noisy, friendly and enjoying herself when working hard, she was a tribute to her ‘Barn family’.

We offer our condolences to the family and her friends, and we know she will be greatly missed by all of us.



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