I didn’t know Brian well at all. He came to my attention when he delivered a ‘Marcus Garvey’ monologue at a Manchester Museum event. It stuck in my mind.
Of the many things said, below are two of the comments from his friends and colleagues.
“Brian’s very recent and terribly tragic death is a loss to so many of us, he was a remarkable man and actor – probably the best I have worked with.”
Kooj Chuhan (Kooj has also posted online the short film ‘No Trace’ he directed which starred Brian).
“The theatre/arts scene in Manchester and beyond has lost one of it’s wildest cards. Brian was literally an explosion of a man. A blast of character, colour and creativity. A room was instantly lit by his bravado and generosity. His booming desire to entertain instantly palpable and he did just that, he quality entertained.”
“There was a lot of him and the space he’s left is enormous. He touched and enriched so many lives, also the arts-scape of his city and it’s communities. The streets and stages of Manchester have lost a fine and vibrant ambassador. My thoughts to his family and friends and to Brian himself. My thoughts will always be about a giant of a man, generous and real. Real, rollicking and rare.”
Sustained Theatre Up North express our condolences to Brian’s family and friends.
He is already missed.