Tribute to David Greenfield
Life may have been out to get him – but he was out to get life.
It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to one of our thespian members David Greenfield who died peacefully at Hospice in the Weald on Friday 11 January 2019.
David has been a part of Blackham Country Players for a great many years and appeared in numerous productions. His expert comic timing and ability to make people laugh by sometimes saying nothing at all apart from just walking on stage is something that will always be fondly remembered by everybody who watched him perform or had the great privilege of being on stage with him.
Even in later years when his battle with ill health prevented him from treading the boards, he still attended every production and always had a kind word to say to every person who shook his hand. An inspiration to all and his final curtain call will leave us all a little poorer.
Here is a clip of David in action in November 2011 performing with Chris Twynam on the Blackham stage the Blackberry sketch which is in many peoples view better that the two Ronnies original.
I am not sure how long I knew David but for that length of time I know one thing – his love for life, his family, friends and the drama group was absolute and I for one will miss him greatly. His sense of timing on stage was better than anyone else’s. His smile when you saw him was bigger than anyone else’s and the hole he’s going to leave in our group will be felt for a long time to come. I think we will all be better people if we just channel our inner David. David I will miss you old friend. ………Tony Ellis
I played in several plays with David and enjoyed every one of them. Our great combination of my amateurishness and his professionalism always made it exciting. One rehearsal for “Are You Being Served” I missed my cue and David went on stage alone and improvised superbly until Sue found me and threw me on stage. After he stopped acting I regularly met him in TW and he would always say “how are you son” and show an interest in the next production. Always there at our plays and pantos and I will greatly miss him. —–Mike Donovan
David Greenfield will not only be remembered by the times he took on characteristic parts and played them with professionalism, but was a genuine thoughtful and caring gentleman who was always ready to help anyone who came into his life. It was my good fortune to meet David &Ann because of the friendship of my daughter and their daughter Sarah and granddaughter Charlotte. In 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. David made a point of contacting me, to introduce me to The Pickering Centre in Tunbridge Wells where he was very involved, thinking their friendship and advice may help me in coping with my treatment. Thankyou! R.I.P David …..Jenny Tiley
Never appear with children, animals – and David Greenfield–I have appeared with all three and David without fail stole every scene! I shall miss his oh so cheerful greeting “Hullo Boss” and his fount of knowledge! …..Susan Hayward
David always greeted me like he was really pleased to see me with a big smile and a great to see you young man (I’m not sure he actually knew my name) showing great interest in the life of others. Behind all communication was a wicked sense of humour. He offered to give me his boat on the Medway once. very generous but I think he was trying to offload what had become a troublesome object. …..Chris Twynam
David, who had a lovely sense of humour, was mostly an exceptionally kind man who made everyone feel special and worthwhile. David introduced me to the idea of a ‘mutterings’ chair. This is a special chair in your house which you should sit in when learning lines’ …..Karen Viney
Thoughts are with his family. …..Julia Searle
Very sorry to hear the news and I hope that Blackham and Penshurst amdram can continue to do credit to his quality contribution in the future …..Rob Rees
One of nature’s gentlemen. An inspirational fighter, with self-deprecating humour never far away. Life may have been out to get him – but he was out to get life. A real trouper and a loss to us all. …..Alan Williams
Sad, very sad. Thoughts with you all, and to be shared. …..John Morrison
Such a lovely man and will be greatly missed. …..Kate Lake
How sad. How we will miss him. He was such a wonderful, kind, friendly man. RIP dear David. All my condolences to Ann and the family …..Pat Langridge
The world cannot afford to lose people like David. …..,Chris Charteris
Welcome to the BCPs official websiteWe think the BCPs are special. Going for over 40 years, we have an enthusiastic membership from across Kent and East Sussex. We put on at least two excellent productions a years from the base of the tiny village of Blackham, tucked just inside East Sussex. The secret to our success? Our wonderful, inclusive ethos, which offers something for all members and supporters, gelled with an active social calendar. We aim to give everyone the opportunity to be involved in productions – be it on stage, back stage, front of house, set design, set building, bar, food preparation, programme design, publicity, raffle collection or play promotion and ticket sales. We perform a wide variety of plays – classics, comedy, farce, sketches, radio plays and new works by local playwrights – there’s something for everyone. We have had teenagers perform with their grandparents. No experience is necessary!
Thank you to everyone who came to see our production of
FAT OF THE LAND
by Richard James.
on 23rd & 24th November.
To view the photos taken on performance night please click hereOver the years we have collaborated with other local groups and have performed in festivals. Currently we team up with Penshurst Amateur Dramatic Society (PADS), so most plays are performed in two very different locations and to two rather different audiences, making the sometimes hard work of rehearsals well worth while and very rewarding.
We can never have too many members so if you’d like to give us a go, please get in contact – we would love to hear from you.