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Grange mourns 'stalwart' Louis Marriott

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Louis Marriott, playwright and producer of 'Bedward'.

Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has paid tribute to actor, broadcaster, director and writer, Louis Marriott, who passed away on Monday at the age of 81.

Minister Grange said Marriott was a multitalented and creative man who had contributed much to Jamaica's culture.

"Louis was one of the last great band of local-theatre practitioners, including the late Trevor Rhone, Charles Hyatt and Lloyd Record, to have left us in recent times. It was heartbreaking to receive news of his passing on Emancipation Day. His memory will live on in family and friends, but also in the books and many plays that he wrote, including Bedward, which is widely regarded as a Jamaican and Caribbean classic. Louis Marriott was truly a stalwart of Jamaican theatre," Minister Grange said.

Grange also went on to describe Louis as "more than a man of the theatre".

"He wrote, acted, directed and produced - he was also an exemplary public relations specialist and media practitioner of high repute. He also served as press secretary to former Prime Minister Michael Manley. I express condolences to Louis' friends and family, especially to his widow, Erica, and daughters Lavinia and Karen," Minister Grange closed.