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The sudden death of Ned Gethings early in April deprived The Questors of one of our most vivid personalities, a fine actor and a much-loved member. Ned was as much part of the theatre as the bricks in the Stan Room and had been for 35 years.

"The Questors are my family," he used to say, and he spent all his spare time here, playing about a hundred parts. His own favourite was the cook in Mother Courage (1967), but many thought his best performance was as Caliban in the 1960 The Tempest. To this he brought a touch of sympathy which made it a fascinating interpretation. His last part was as a delightful grave-digger in Hamlet in 1983. He was cast as Pischik in the forthcoming The Cherry Orchard but had to withdraw.

A writer of no small merit, Ned had two of his plays published professionally and performed extensively. The Questors produced three one-acts and a full-length piece, The Pharoah Cassidy (1960). He wrote a play for children at Belmont School which the headmaster, Eric Kirby, says was outstanding.

But it's as a person Ned will be remembered. Sociable, generous, typically Irish, quirky, unpredictable, rebellious and dedicated all at the same time, he was one of those large, warm personalities that leave an indelible mark, and a large number gathered at his funeral to pay tribute. The Questors won't be the same without him.



1949 By Request (An Original Revue)
1950 The Winter's Tale
1951 Poor Man's Miracle
1952 Deirdre
1952 Edge of The World
1952 The Hopeful Travellers

1952 The Merchant of Venice
1952 You Can't Take It with You
1953 Crime Passionel
1953 Juno and The Paycock
1953 Major Barbara
1954 Better a Dead Hero...?
1954 A Bold Stroke for a Wife
1954 Happy as Larry
1954 A Jig for a Gypsy
1955 Blood Wedding
1956 Gilgamesh
1957 The Government Inspector
1957 Henry V
1957 The Miser
1958 Maria Marten or The Murder in The Red Barn
1958 Summer and Smoke
1958 Voice of Shem, The (Finnegan's Wake)
1959 The Birthday Party
1959 The Cave Dwellers
1960 Christopher Columbus
1960 Professor Taranne
1960 The Tempest
1960 Three Sisters
1961 Henry IV Part 1
1961 Sergeant Musgrave's Dance
1961 Waiting for Godot
1962 Gone
1962 A Month in The Country
1963 The Devil's Disciple
1963 The Fire Raisers
1963 The Rough and Ready Lot
1963 The Things
1964 Everything in the Garden
1964 No Quarter
1964 The Surrey Recruit
1965 The Cherry Orchard
1965 How I Assumed the Role of a Popular Dandy
1965 The Maids
1965 A Slight Ache
1966 The Guy
1966 Hecabe
1967 Mother Courage and her Children
1968 Uncle Vanya
1969 The Appointment
1976 The Colleen Bawn
1976 Love's Labours Lost
1976 Sanctuary
1976 Three Sisters
1978 Alphabetical Order
1978 Anthony and Cleopatra
1978 Rosmersholm
1979 The Ghost Sonata
1980 The Hostage
1980 Medea
1981 The Amazing Dancing Bear
1981 Oedipus The King
1982 Now You See Him, Now You Don't
1983 Columbanus
1983 Hamlet
1983 A Month in the Country
1984 Ring Round the Moon