A sad week
January 26, 2012
We’re very sorry to bring the sad news that John McGuirk has passed away. John was one of our very first participants and a vocal supporter of Collective Encounters. He’s pictured here receiving an Open College Network certification for participation in our first project Living Place, from Artistic Director Sarah Thornton. John saw Collective Encounters’ first professional performance and was so pleased that we were tackling the issue of regeneration in north Liverpool and looking at the ways in which it was negatively impacting on many people, that he decided to join us. He was very proud to act in a forum theatre piece that discussed how older people were at the time being ‘regenerated out’ of the city. He came to see many subsequent performances and joined in when ever his busy schedule allowed him. One of the real highlights was his guest spot playing spoons in our 2008 cabaret Smoke and Mirrors, where he amazed and delighted audiences with his skill. He later told us he’d played spoons on the stage of the Liverpool Philharmonic! Here you can see John play in a North West Tonight trail feature on Smoke and Mirrors.
We’re very sad to lose him, and our thoughts are with his family.