Here I am trying to get back into the onlining spirit by being silly and putting up dumb YouTubes and generally trying to get jolly for Santa and 2012 – and then we get a week when the world stops turning for whole bunch of special people. I put up a post about Carmen Rupe coz she was fun and deserves remembering. Meanwhile the social media is awash with the death of all sorts of famous people.
But - in our own community we have lost two very special human beings. Harold Hopkins who died two weeks of asbestos-related mesothelioma, aged 67. Lovely guy people tell me – lovely actor. For old times sake pull out Gallipoli or Don’s Party or The Club. I remember him best in his great performance in The Doll Trilogy.
And now the passing of Rosie Lalevich, who took her own life – obviously after much personal anguish. I didn’t know Rosie that well, but she made me feel special whenever I bumped into her. Always good for a hug and a laugh and a big talk about theatre.
A recent triumph was her performance in Theatre Katanka’s gorgeous Missing The Bus To David Jones, but her good work goes back to La Mama in the 1980s, and a highlight would be her performance in A Little Like Drowning at Belvoir in 1992, directed by Rosa Clemente with a cast that included my dear friends Maggie Blinco and Dina Panozzo, and Tony Poli among others. There was a very gutsy side to Rosie Lalevich, which I encountered the first time I met her when she was producing The Vagina Monologues (a very good production it was too). Rosie also produced and acted in Eve Ensler’s other play, Necessary Targets, about Bosnian women war refugees. In life and on stage, Rosie was funny and bold – and had a huge heart and cared so much for others. Anyway, I have been very sad about this. And for those who knew her better, this past week no doubt very many tears.
There was a funeral a few days ago – and there will be a wake in the New Year. For those of you not on Facebook I will keep you informed.