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Derek Bullock (1926-2009)

Derek Bullock in The Herbal Bed (2000)

Members will be saddened to hear that Derek died shortly before Christmas. He was a constant actor between 1980 and 2002 taking part in over 25 plays including such diverse pieces as A Winter's Tale, London Assurance, The Herbal Bed and A Little Hotel On The Side. He continued even when he was `commuting' between his two homes in Ealing and Cornwall.

He brought a commanding presence and a resonant voice to the stage. He was every director's dream, knowing his lines early but open to suggestion so that his characterisation grew during rehearsal.

During the war he was ‘a Bevin Boy'. After taking an English degree he trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. He then joined the Colonial Service and spent much of his working life as Principal of a boys' college in Ibadan in Nigeria where he met Chris, his wife, who held a similar position in the girl's college. They were both much loved by their former pupils who kept in close touch with them. At his request the funeral was a quiet affair and his ashes will be taken and scattered in Nigeria.

Alan Chambers

[QNews 27, February 2007]

Derek Bullock at The Questors
1980 Measure for Measure
1981 The Winter's Tale
1983 Hamlet
1983 Waldo and the Wonderful Web
1984 Henry IV Part 1
1984 Loaves and Fishes
1984 Ring Round the Moon
1984 Romeo and Juliet
1984 Sherlock Holmes
1985 The Decorator
1985 A Life
1985 Misalliance
1985 The Sea
1985 Tom Jones
1986 Whose Life is it Anyway?
1987 Animal Farm
1987 Candida
1987 The Coarse Acting Show
1988 The Front Page
1988 Love's Sacrifice
1988 A Midsummer Night's Dream
1988 Scandella
1989 London Assurance
1999 The Crucible
1999 Life is a Dream
1999 The Merry Wives of Windsor
1999 The Wild Duck
2000 The Herbal Bed
2001 A Little Hotel on the Side
2002 The Madness of George III