In Memory of those we've loved and lost..
Mel Fido-Dexter, 1954-2019
Mel was one of our most longstanding Players. He was the funniest, kindest, gentlest and friendliest person you could ever meet.
Many of you will have spoken to him as you arrived at the Theatre – Mel and his husband Richard welcomed our guests at Chatsworth for almost ten years. And remembering that experience will remind you what a charming, handsome and stylish man he was. You may also remember that Sylvia referred to Mel and Richard as ‘her boys’ and often called them to the front of the theatre to recite a Shakespeare sonnet to them before curtain up.
What you may not know is how much creative work Mel did behind the scenes, dressing sets, making and sourcing props, producing flower arrangements and making costumes. He was always ready to help and utterly reliable. Sylvia even managed to coax him on stage for three productions – he played Richard Mason in Jane Eyre (the brother of the first Mrs Rochester); a policeman (!) in Gaslight; and an elegant bystander at the start of Pygmalion.
But more importantly, Mel was the consummate gentleman and friend – with time for everyone and an uplifting – and occasionally saucy – conversational style.
The Players collected over £700 in Mel's honour for Cancer Research during the production of A Christmas Carol. Thank you so much to everyone who gave in his memory.