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“Terence (Terry) joined Centre Players, then Off Centre Theatre, in the mid 1980s. I don’t have an exact date, but I do remember twisting his arm to be in a Christmas play (Off Centre Theatre) at the old Monmouth Comprehensive School Hall. I directed this production and would be the first to admit that it wasn’t one of our best. In 1987, alongside many other OCT members, Terry was involved in Bordertown, a fantastic community production, performed in St. Mary’s church. It was directed by professional director Jamie Garvin, with further support from Welsh National opera. I then took part in Terry’s production of Oh What a Lovely War (1988), also at the old Monmouth school and his wife Jeanne (now in The Orchard, Care Home, Ganarew) where we were both Front Line Troops.


















I saw Terry most days during the Covid-19 lockdown and was witness to his physical deterioration. However, he remained fiercely independent until his passing and when on form was great company. A highly intelligent, thoughtful individual, but one who had to get to know you well. Perhaps, beneath the pointed use of the odd expletive, he was a shy man, revelling in being someone else on stage. He was a member of societies in Cardiff, Newport and elsewhere, giving 100% when playing a character, and starring in many productions including works by Shakespeare, amongst others.

Not long before he died Terry misunderstood my intention to direct Waiting for God, by (hopefully next September, 2021), thinking I was going to direct Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett. This was one of his favourite plays, not least as he had performed in it! He had a photo proudly displayed in the hallway of his home in Whitchurch. Maybe, cast permitting, we could pay tribute to him by performing this classic at some time in the future.


Terence Moore Dauncey 13th March 1926 - 11th August 2020.


Thank you for your friendship. Rest in Peace.”


JIM NEWCOMB

Memorium

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TERENCE  ‘Terry’  DAUNCEY

13 March 1936 - 11 August 2020

Off Centre Theatre was saddened to hear of the sudden death in August of  member and supporter Terry Dauncey.  His close friend and founder member Jim Newcomb has penned below a fitting tribute and brief history of Terry ‘s long and established association with OCT.

In 1992 Terry took part in a production of two Harold Pinter plays, performed at the old Overmonnow Primary School, where acting took place in the middle of the audience, watching from three sides. It was advertised as not being suitable for children. Terry was in the first play - The Collection - playing Harry.  I was in the second, The Lovers, with Avril Farley.

In 1999 Terry and Jeanne produced Uncle Vanya, at the Old Library, Monmouth. Apologies but I couldn’t find any details.

Terry then directed a hand held production of Quartet, by Ronald Harwood, in 2002 This was performed in the old library, Monmouth. Rehearsals took place at a Terry and Jeanne home just outside Trellech. The cast consisted of: Fee de Bruler, Anne Godfrey, Geoff Manning and me.

Terry (L) with the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Company

He and wife Jeanne were active in the group for many years, though Terry went off for some some time to pursue professional work, including radio drama, in London. Jeanne took part in and/or directed many productions across that time. I once had to kill her (strangulation) on a sofa, in one of Stuart MacFarlane’s autumn, murder-mysteries.

Terry would always offer an honest, sometimes blunt, review, and if he didn’t like the material and or performance he would leave at the interval. It became known that if Terry stayed to the end of a production, we’d done a good job.

It was great that Terry was able to see our last, pre-Covid-19, performance, in March 2020 - The Opposite Sex, by David Tristram, directed by Phil Davies. On that occasion he was very complimentary!

Terry (L) performing in ‘Waiting for Godot’

Terry performing in OCT’s 2004 production of See How They Run