BY THE GMDF
It is with huge shock and sadness that we tell you all of the death of Joan Cooper.
In short, Joan was an unstinting, fantastic champion of amateur theatre who served on the GMDF (Greater Manchester Drama Federation) Board for many years and also adjudicated for GMDF.
Her enthusiasm for and knowledge of local theatre would be difficult to match. It would be a rare event if Joan missed attending the GMDF AGM (that’s what you call dedication in anyone’s book!) or a night of the One Act Play Festival no matter where it was. She regularly attended Awards Night and if you didn’t run into Joan at various GMDF member societies’ theatres, throughout the season it was unusual, she travelled all over the place.
Joan’s home society was Droylsden Little Theatre or rather ‘Clayton and Droylsden’ as it was when Joan was first involved and we send her theatre family there our deepest sympathy, they have lost a stalwart of theatre as well as a loyal friend.
The world of Amdram is a poorer place with Joan’s passing, she will be much missed by a great many.