Some sad news…..
Like many people in the arts sector and beyond in Wales, yesterday I was deeply saddened to receive the news of the passing of the estimable Sybil Crouch.
Many others better qualified than I have already written movingly about her great facility to embolden others and the sector to go for their artistic, production and presentational aspirations. I benefitted myself firstly as a gauche Arts Development Officer in Blaenau Gwent handed the Beaufort Theatre and told to get on with it ( she encouraged me to be bold in our programming) and then as Artistic Director for RCT Theatres.
Sybil was a charismatic and inspirational leader for the Taliesin Arts Centre but she was always concerned with the theatres and arts centres across Wales and how they might all best fulfil their potential. Thus, we all in the Creu Cymru family of venues mourn her passing. She was our Chair of the Dance Consortium – which led to exciting and innovative programming across the country – and, more recently, she was my predecessor as Chair. In that role she brought all of her considerable skills and consummate professionalism but always with the occasional sense of humour!
It was an honour to know her and work with her.
Geoff Cripps, Chair Creu Cymru
January 6th 2020