New Theatre News
MEMORIAL AND WAKE FOR BETTY MILLISS
On Thursday 18 November, family and friends joined together to give our Life Member Betty Milliss a fitting send-off. It was a perfect Sydney spring day. The sun shone and the water gleamed outside the windows of the Haberfield UTS Rowers Club. There were tears, of course, but also much laughter and warm rounds of applause as we remembered and celebrated a life lived fully and well.
The memorial service is available to view online at www.FuneralVideo.com.au/BettyMilliss
VALE BETTY MILLISS
We are sad to announce the passing of Life Member Betty Milliss on Monday 4 October 2021.
Betty was a beloved member of the New Theatre family for many, many years, alongside her late husband David. She joined New Theatre in 1952, just a few months after landing in Sydney from England, and was soon participating in workshops, classes and productions, including as a member of the chorus in the first production of Reedy River in 1953. She would go one to perform or direct many productions of the subsequent decades, with one of her main claims to fame being ‘Elizabeth Proctor’ in the New’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible in 1958.
Described by ASIO as energetic and forceful, Betty was NT Vice President 1964, Assistant Secretary 1979, and Administrator 1983-1991.
We extend our love and condolences to her family.
Betty was privately cremated on Wednesday 13 October. Her family are in the process of arranging a memorial service for late October or early November when COVID restrictions loosen slightly, to allow regional travel and a more relaxed atmosphere at the wake.
You can read more about Betty, and see some splendid historical photos, on our History website http://newtheatrehistory.org.au/wiki/index.php/Person_-_Betty_Milliss