Small break from the theatre news and review to share this link to the Guardian’s obituary of John Beecher. This will probably only be familiar to the few readers of this blog who’ve been to the Buxton Fringe, but John Beecher was a highly-thought of volunteer at Pauper’s Pit. He died of cancer aged only 25, and has now been remembered in an obituary in The Guardian in a series known as “Other Lives”, commemorating ordinary people instead of the usual well-known public figures.
I saw John intermittently since 2008, first at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008 in an unexpectedly good play of Tom Crawshaw’s called Auditorium. Most often, however, he was to be seen off-stage as one of the most hard-working volunteers at the Buxton Fringe,and saw him at the Underground box office most days since I started going to the Buxton Fringe in 2010. He was diagnosed with cancer in January 2012, but I didn’t know anything about this until I read the news later on Underground Venues’ blog. Although I never knew him well, I can tell from the tributes coming in that he will be a great loss to the Buxton Fringe this year.