|28 Feb 2017|
|Births, marriages and deaths|
This address has been kindly sent to us by Philip Trower.
Pat was born in 1939 in Arundel, the eldest child of a well known Arundel family, and went to the local Catholic Primary School there. She was always passionate about drama, and acted with ,and directed Arundel Players, and other groups (latterly Graffham Rustics).. However, she never forgot Seaford and what she achieved there. Whenever we drove past the site of her old drama room (which she had fought hard to obtain), she would refer fondly to it, and I would promise her a blue plaque on the nearest new building, to commemorate her hard work there. I do hope very much she will live on through her pupils and the inspiration she gave them.
In the mid 1980s Pat trained as a professional Drama Teacher, with the encouragement of the then West Sussex County Drama Adviser, George Rawlins. She qualified initially at County level, and then with the London Academy of Dramatic Art, or LAMDA,gaining Gold Medals for Speech and Acting, and a Diploma as a Drama Teacher. Her new career started at St. Michael’s School near Petworth, but when this (and some later schools) closed, she always readily found a new opening, notably at Midhurst Convent, and then finally at Seaford College, where she taught from 2001 until 2010, building up LAMDA pupils from about 9 initially to over 100, with excellent exam results. Her most obvious feature as a Drama Teacher was her immense enthusiasm: she was totally there for her pupils and they found her a great inspiration and a boost to their self-confidence. One of her pupils, Geoff Arnold, subsequently got into Drama School and is now a professional actor.
Sadly Pat fell victim to Alzheimer’s Disease and died in February 2017, but she is likely to be remembered by her pupils and friends for a long time to come.
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