In memory: Derek Mills (2 November 1954 – 17 January 2021)

Southside is sad to report that one of our longest standing members Derek Mills passed away earlier this month.

A Southsider for nearly 30 years, Derek was well known throughout our society as an actor, director and costume and props maker. His first performance with us was in No Way Out in 1994, and the work he did with us – in all areas of the theatre – showed a passion and understanding of the core values that underlie both community groups and theatre itself.

Battling GSD his whole life, Derek was a force of determination. His final main stage role with us was as the older Dracula in 2017’s Drakul – a role he had always wanted to play. His final performance was in our 30th anniversary rehearsed reading of Stags and Hens.

Derek is remembered by many of us in Southside and will be sorely missed.

Derek’s work with us at Southside Players included:

As an actor
No Way Out (1994)
Animal Farm (1996)
The Crucible (1997)
The View from the Bridge (1999)
The Wind in the Willows (2003)
Tartuffe (2005)
Drakul (2017)
Stags and Hens rehearsed reading

As a director
Epsom Downs (1997)
Cider with Rosie (2000)
Dracula (2004)
Wyrd Sister (2007).

Among many others. Derek also worked with other theatre groups including the Hambalt Players and The Players of St Peter. We extend our condolences to those who knew him there.

Derek onstage in Wind in the Willows; A View from the Bridge; Animal Farm

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