Karen was a much-loved member of Access All Areas.
Here we share some of our favourite memories of her time with us.
Karen was our second longest member of the original Rainbow drama group of which Access All Areas was founded. I’ll never forget Karen’s bubbly personality, her wit and her fantastic creative ideas. She performed in numerous shows with Elsie and then with me. She played a genie, an elf, one half of a Siamese twin chef, Snug from A Midsummer Night's Dream; a dreamlike therapist, a flower seller, a 1930s housewife and even Wonder Woman! She brought determination and inspiration to new people joining to just get up and give it a go. We will miss Karen greatly and long may she rest in peace.
Best wishes from Nick and all at Access All Areas.
Nick Llewellyn, Artistic Director
I am filled with memories of her laughs and chat and uncanny ability to notice and remember the small things about someone. She was an excellent performer and I loved working with her, she had a particular nuanced way of devising and was always chivvying us along!
Madeline, Workshop leader and Volunteer
Karen continues to hold such joyful memories in our hearts. Her knowing smile and humour always brought light and comedy to our sessions. In our Departure Lounge sessions, she made some close friends and her ideas were always creative and memorable. My favourite memories are the quiet break times where we would connect over coffee - she would always come and chat with me about her week, asking questions, sparking debates and always being curious about life and relationships. Her constant kindness and thoughtful nature meant that she was loved by all in our group. On the first session of this term, we did a ‘Flower Shower’ in memory of Karen and shared all our wishes and warm memories of her. Her cheeky ways will be greatly missed. She truly was a unique and beautiful person and I feel so lucky to have known her.
Alex Covell, Projects Coordinator