It is with sadness that The Playhouse learned of the sudden death of our colleague and friend Lenny Nelson.
Lenny was tragically killed in a traffic accident, just over a week ago, on his way home from The Playhouse Theatre. Lenny was The Playhouse’s Theatre Technician for many years, and was part of the close knit Playhouse family.
Niall Mc Caughan, Playhouse CEO stated: “Lenny was a very skilled theatre technician who made an important contribution to The Playhouse. He was a good friend to all of those with whom he worked with, both in The Playhouse as well as the wider arts circle and beyond. We, the Playhouse community, are truly and deeply shocked and saddened by his sudden death. He was always courteous, kind-hearted, warm, and friendly. He had that genuine spark that brought a sense of fun, enthusiasm, and colour to all our lives. He was one of life’s true gentlemen.
The last production that Lenny was involved in was “Grimm’s Tales”, which was part of our Halloween programme. The production was a complicated one for Lenny and the rest of the team but together they put on an amazingly show.
The production was technically challenging, but Lenny had told the front of house team how much he had enjoyed the production, and even more so, how he delighted in the obvious enjoyment of the children in attendance; his focus was always on ensuring that the public enjoyed their visit to The Playhouse. Lenny was so much part of The Playhouse, whether it was joining the Ukulele Strings (the Ukulele group based at The Playhouse) or making a special effort at the Christmas do, wearing one of his colourful waistcoats or dying his beard! He was known to pick up a tin whistle or fiddle just to entertain the staff; music was one of his loves. He was a genuine friend to all of us, and he will be sadly missed.
Our condolences to his wife Maire, his son Rory, daughter Nadia, family and friends. We have opened a Book of Condolences, situated at our Reception area, for the next few weeks. We plan to have a special night, in the New Year, to celebrate his life; details will follow.”