We are devastated to hear that actor, campaigner and theatre-maker Sophie Partridge passed away earlier this week. Sophie’s talent has been woven through Graeae’s productions and workshops since 2000 and many of us feel privileged to have called her our friend. We feel her loss deeply but she leaves behind a legacy of delighted audiences of tens of thousands who were lucky enough to have seen her perform.
Sophie trained as a performer through Graeae’s Missing Piece programme and went on to perform as Coral, one of the leads in peeling by Kaite O’Reilly. Her role in peeling was inspired by Sophie’s wit and warmth. Sophie then went onto perform in George Dandin, Flower Girls, the Rhinestone Rollers and The Limbless Knight.
Throughout the last 17 years, Sophie has led workshops, residencies and has been part of our outreach team. She was a tireless advocate campaigning for the need for an inclusive society. Over the last few years she was at the front line fighting against the closure of ILF and was a brilliant spokesperson for the rights of Deaf and disabled people.
We’ll miss you so very much darling Soph. Be proud of all you have achieved.
‘Funny, feisty and stubbornly individual’ Sunday Telegraph