Mark Lloyd

Mark Lloyd’s many friends here at Live Theatre are still processing the incredibly sad news of his passing yesterday. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Kylie and the rest of the family.

Mark worked as an actor, facilitator and director on a variety of projects at Live Theatre over the years and he always brought a warmth and generosity to whatever he did. With his work at the Swallows Foundation, Mark enabled many theatre practitioners in the region and beyond to expand their horizons and their creative practice in South Africa in a variety of cultural exchange programmes. He helped with introductions and encouraged conversations that lead to a raft of successful artistic partnerships and productions. One such partnership, between Live Theatre/Curious Monkey/ Isiseko Senkonjane and The Swallows Foundation UK, helped to create Mamela which played at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2013 and toured the UK as part of Afrovibes in 2014.

Mark was an inspirational mentor and generous collaborator during his time facilitating groups with Live Youth Theatre and also directing projects for First Draft, the company’s playwriting initiative with primary school pupils.

Most recently, he performed at Live Theatre last year in Rendezvous, a celebration of the life of Julia Darling. Re-united with many of the original members of the Northern Stage Ensemble, Mark was part of the company performing Julia’s epic performance piece A Manifesto For A New City. In February, Mark performed as part of the Elevator Festival Scratch Night in an extract from Putting The Band Back Together for Unfolding Theatre , directed by Annie Rigby. A version of the show will perform at the Edinburgh Fringe at Summerhall this August. Mark’s contribution to these events made for unforgettable experiences for our audiences. He will be sorely missed.