We are very sorry to announce that our client Joss Bennathan – director, teacher and theatre-maker – died on 26 November 2014 aged just 56. He died peacefully after a short illness, born with great dignity and courage. The son of late Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, he is survived by his daughter Ella, son Matt and two grand-daughters.
He will be sorely missed by the many friends and colleagues he has worked with over the years, and particularly by all those young people who were lucky enough to benefit from his talent for using drama to develop their skills and transform their view of the world.
A short tribute in the Evening Standard‘s Londoners’ Diary quoted Munira Mirza, London’s deputy mayor for education and culture, who was involved in Bennathan’s Present Moment Theatre Lab project, which puts on Shakespeare plays with east London schoolchildren.
“I cannot stress enough how much I admired and respected him,” she said. “He spoke with conviction about how drama teaching could raise its game. He believed in the need for theatre which transforms young people’s world view and helps them transcend their own experience.”