Jack Edwards, Thank You for Your Passion and Wit
March 3, 2015 by Catherine Turocy
Jack Edwards passed away on March 1, 2015. I was introduced to Jack by Peggy Dixon in 1980 when Jim and I were living in London on a research grant that year. In 1976 he and Peggy, among other dancers, appeared in several episodes of Dr. Who. What a fun time this was for historical dancers. His sense of humor, love of the theater and quick mind quickly drew me into his world of reconstruction where he seemed to be able to handle all questions of costumes, sets, dancing, acting, singing…a “jack of all trades” so to speak. We will miss him and we will be forever grateful for the talent he has shared with us all.
Here is a photo of L’Orfeo staged by Jack and performed at BEMF.
This is Jack’s most recent bio for those who do not know him:
Artistic Director/Stage Director: Jack Edwards
Originally trained as an actor and designer Jack Edwards has worked in the field of Baroque opera for twenty-five years. As Artistic Director of Opera Restor’d he has directed all the company’s shows. As an independent director he has travelled the world, directing Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in Adelaide, Dido and Aeneas in Bremen, and Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona in Nova Scotia.
For the Boston Early Music Festival, USA he has directed Purcell’s King Arthur, Luigi Rossi’sL’Orfeo and Cavalli’s Ercole Amante which transferred to the Utrecht Early Music Festival. The Boston production of L’Orfeo was also presented at the 18th century theatre in Drottningholm, Sweden and shown on Swedish television. He directed Caldara’s Dafne in Chile for a national tour and returned in 2000 to direct Dido and Aeneas and take up a residential post at the Instituto de Musica de Santiago. As an actor he has performed over one hundred anthologies of poetry and music with many of the leading early music ensembles. He holds a teaching post in Theatre Studies and movement at the Drama Studio London.