Bryony Wilman obituary

Bryony Wilman, 1947 – 2024

Obituary by Alastair Dewar of St Michael’s Players

Community Theatre in Chiswick is mourning one of its major figures – Bryony Wilman.  It seems she suffered a fatal accident at home on Friday 2 February.

Bryony appeared on stage with a number of local theatre groups over the years, including TW4 and Barnes Community Players, and acquired an IMDb listing as a producer for two short films: Under the Jericho Sun (2018) and Tricycle (2022).

Bryony’s main theatrical home, however, was the St Michael’s Players which she joined in 2007 and there will have been very few of the group’s many productions since then that Bryony did not touch in some way. She was a committed, talented and enthusiastic actress, director, stage manager, costume and wardrobe manager and committee member.

Images above: Bryony Wilman working on productions for St Michael’s Players

In 2022 her incredible contribution to the Players was recognised when she was made an honorary life member. In 2024 she became Chairman and her energy and passion for that role were already obvious before this tragic event cut it short. Bryony represented the beating heart of the St Michael’s Players, and her passing has left a huge void in so many ways.

Bryony also touched many hearts beyond the theatre through her work with the Citizens Advice Bureau, making hundreds of scrub caps for the NHS, and countless other acts of kindness. She loved animals and children in equal measure – giving home to a multitude of cats and joyfully entertaining any children who came to rehearsals.

To say she will be sadly missed is a huge understatement.

A crematorium service will be held at Mortlake crematorium at 2pm on Friday 1 March followed by a reception at the Bollo House, W4 5LR.

Alastair Dewar was St Michael’s Players chairman for the past ten years, until he handed over to Bryony in January. 

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