Theatre Heritage Australia - On Stage Magazine

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

Links: talk to the Graduate Union 2012

Tributes: Catchment PlayersNational Trust of Australia (Victoria), English Speaking Union Victoria Branch, Council of British & Commonwealth SocietiesMalvern Historical Society 



Actor, born 1924, died 17.7.2013 in the UK.
Debbie Cuthbertson's tribute The Age 2.8.13


Producer 15.10.1915-18.6.2013


Producer 15.10.1915-18.6.2013

Michael 'Mick' Brown Head Mechanist  23.11.1955 - 20.6.2013

Billy Raymond Singer, comedian 6.1.1938-15.5.2013 

Jazz and Blues vocalist 26.9.1949-22.6.2013 

Tributes: The Age

Director 12.6.1934-12.6.2013

Founder of La Mama Theatre 4.9.1926-14.6.2013 

Obituaries: ABC RNThe Age