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Remembering an excellent gondolier

The Gondoliers, the Gilbert & Sullivan production that the late Ian Suddards featured in while in Bermuda

Dear Sir,

I often feel that when one has lived in Bermuda it is like being a member of a kind of club. I know that even though I now live far away, the place and others associated with Bermuda seem part of that.

Of course, it might have helped to have been young when one was there.

So I was saddened to receive news of the death of my friend Ian Suddards this week in England after a long illness.

To those who may have been part of the circle in the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society in the early 1970s, Ian was a talented actor of professional training and skill who played in the local productions, as well as directing a fine Hamlet with the late Bermudian resident John Instone in the title role.

He worked as an actor for a while in the Melbourne Theatre company, including in the original stage production of Breaker Morant [with Jason Donovan’s father, Terry, in the lead role. [This play was later filmed, directed by the Australian Bruce Beresford, in the 1980s.]

He also performed his own one-man Shakespeare show on the old QE2 between Southampton and New York.

Ian was a fine guitarist, later teaching the instrument part-time at the Sherborne School, in Dorset. He sang with an excellent baritone and I recall fondly his work in the Gilbert and Sullivan’s, directed by his mother, Marcia Suddards.

I believe we were a colourful lot in Bermuda's thespian world back then; but, of course, it was many years ago and Bermuda and the world have changed.

However, I am aware that there will still those who may fondly recall Ian's sojourn in Bermuda. It doesn’t seem so long ago that I stood in the wings and watched the lovely singing of Ruth Thomas as Tessa in The Gondoliers, in which Ian played a “gay gondoliere” — as he and the tenor gondolier sing in the show.

Ian was one of so many sojourners in Bermuda who have brought their gifts to enrich island life — he also worked for ZBM for a time.

I salute his passing and notify anyone there who knew him.


Byron Bay, New South Wales


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Published September 22, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated September 21, 2022 at 3:22 pm)

Remembering an excellent gondolier

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