Stage and television entertainer and pianist 6.5.1930 - 1.9.2013. Erris was born in South Africa, moving to Australia in 1957. He lived and worked on the Gold Coast until the mid seventies before moving to Sydney. Erris was a regular performer on the Mike Walsh Show on Channel 9 and also on the Don Lane Show. Best known as pianist with fellow performer Kevin Byers.
Long-time and much loved THA committee member 3.9.1926 - 30.08. 2013.
A memorial service was held for Bruce at St Johns Anglican Church Toorak on 3 Oct 2013.
Bruce wrote this short biography about himself for the THA web site about 5 years ago:
Bruce first appeared on stage in 1952 with the Heidelberg Theatre Company and went on to perform in 151 productions of the Lyric, Festival, Whitehorse and Elwood theatre companies. In 1986 he founded the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria, which now embraces over 80 companies and supports 11 judges travelling Victoria for its ‘awards for excellence’ program. Known as the Bruce Awards, their end of year presentation rivals the Oscars, Tonys, Oliviers etc. In 1990 he was created a Knight of St John for community service and in 2000 received the Medal of the Order of Australia mainly for his contribution to Musical Theatre.
Bruce also wrote Marvelous Melbourne and Me - living in Melbourne in the 20th century, Melbourne Books 2010