Northampton poet, actor and award-winning playwright dies

Barry Hillman
Barry Hillman

TRIBUTES have been paid to a prolific playwright, poet and actor who entertained thousands of people in Northampton over several decades.

Barry Hillman, who had a long association with amateur dramatic groups has died aged 80.

He first appeared in the pages of the Chron back in the 1950s, when he was also a proof reader here.

It was reported that he had written songs and plays that were performed on the professional stage at The Playhouse in Leeds, one of which, Partly Furnished, won the literary award at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1971.

But he was best known in Northampton for at least 50 years of writing and performing for various amateur dramatics companies.

Among them were the Whitehills Players, the Northampton Drama Club and the Masque Theatre.

Nigel Morgan, a second cousin, said: “He was not quite as eccentric as his stage personas and he’d prefer to talk about the theatre with other actors. But we were well aware of his achievements and we were very proud.”

The funeral will be held at 1pm on Monday, March, 16 at The Church of The Holy Sepulchre, followed by interment in Kingsthorpe Cemetery.