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Anneke Hoffmann´s farewell party at
Left to Right - Debbie Minns-Lotmore,
Station Manager Defratas, Yvonne Shaw,
Anneke Hoffmann, Carnetha Carew,
Thelma Otto RIP, Marian Hessink,
(Thelma's friend) Mary Sinclair-
Profilo, Elizabeth Saunders-Knowles
(who was then IAB Crew Office Secretary),
Joyce Varga, Gun Vidal, Olive Rolle-
Schneider and Chantal Stephany.
CELEBRATING THE MEMORY OF
AIR BAHAMA FLIGHT ATTENDANT
ELIZABETH "BETTY" KNOWLES
Heartfelt Crew Condolences
SHAKESPEARE IN PARADISE
All of us at Shakespeare in Paradise and Ringplay Productions Ltd.
were saddened to hear about the passing of Betty Knowles. She was
the manager of the “Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts” for the
past twenty-five years and worked with Winston Saunders, Philip
Burrows and a Management Committee of theatre professionals to help
with a growing theatre movement throughout the 80s and 90s.
Betty started out at the Dundas as a backstage worker and then
moved on to Stage Management. She took over her theatre management
duties in 1989 when Philip Burrows decided to leave that position
so that he could devote all of his energy to the Artistic Direction
of the Dundas Repertory Season. More than just managing the building,
Betty worked with set builders Jerry Smith, George Plakaris and
Helen Walker on many sets for Repertory Season productions and was,
at times, called upon to be Props Mistress and to help find various
pieces of furniture needed to dress sets.
After the retirement of Winston Saunders, as Chair, followed
shortly by the dissolution of the relationship between the Dundas
Centre and the Repertory Season Management Committee, Betty
continued her work at the theatre with former Chairmen Ronnie
Knowles, Sean Hanna and with the present Dundas Chair, Theresa
Betty took her management duties very seriously. Even though some
would say that she was maybe too serious in that job, you would be
hard pressed to find a more loyal person to have overseeing such
a space. All of us, at times, have had disagreements with Betty
on the way forward but those of us who knew her personally
understood what the Dundas really meant to her and why she so
firmly held to her positions. At the end of the day her commitment
to our common goal in continuing to help to maintain a functioning
theatre and our close personal friendships held us all together.
Her passing brings about a very sad day for the Bahamian theatre
We offer sincere condolences to her brother Bert, sister Bunny
and the rest of the Knowles family on Betty’s passing. The Dundas
will surely be a different place without her.
Requiescant in Pace Amica Mea.