Sarah Guthrie obituary


My spouse, Sarah Guthrie, who has died aged 80, was concerned in organising a pioneering lunchtime theatre mission within the Nineteen Sixties earlier than dwelling educating our 4 daughters and establishing an organisation to assist different dad and mom do the identical.

She went on to show younger asylum seekers and kids unable to attend faculty whereas concurrently sustaining a profession as a cartoonist for numerous magazines.

Sarah was born in Bolton-le-Sands, Lancashire, to Neville Evans, an oil dealer, and his spouse, Barbara (nee Bruce). Her father’s work took the household first to the West Midlands, the place she went to Bromyard grammar faculty, after which to Wimbledon, south-west London, the place she attended the Ridgway faculty.

At 17 she dropped out of college and went to France to check on the Alliance Française in Paris, returning to London to grow to be an editorial assistant on Harper’s Bazaar journal earlier than leaving in 1964 to work on an early listings journal, Theatre Perimeter.

A cartoon by Sarah Guthrie
A cartoon by Sarah Guthrie

In 1966, with two colleagues on the journal, Bryan King and Paul Adams, she arrange London’s first lunchtime theatre – Theatrescope Authentic Lunch Hour Performs. A ticket would purchase a pilchard roll, a banana and a seat within the Little Theatre Membership in Garrick Yard, off St Martin’s Lane – with a play by writers resembling Harold Pinter, Bertold Brecht and John Mortimer, or improvisation with Keith Johnstone.

After later collaboration with Ed Berman, Theatrescope folded in 1969 and Sarah and I married. 4 youngsters adopted, all dwelling educated earlier than additional and better schooling. Sarah additionally studied for a humanities diploma on the Open College, which she gained in 1979.

Having for years drawn cartoons for household amusement, in 1978 Sarah started producing them professionally (utilizing the initials SEG) for magazines resembling Peace Information, Mslexia, Prospect, Unbiased Monitor and, for 20 years, Moral Shopper. She additionally had a daily strip within the publication of an organisation known as Schooling In any other case (EO).

EO had been established by Sarah and others to assist the rising dwelling schooling motion with authorized and sensible recommendation. After we moved to Thrandeston in Suffolk in 1977, she was an space coordinator for EO and began native dwelling schooling exercise teams.

We had frequent brushes with the native schooling authority about our family’s dwelling schooling, however ultimately Suffolk county council truly recruited Sarah to dwelling tutor youngsters who had been unable for any purpose to attend faculty. Within the early 2000s she taught younger asylum seekers on the Norwich Worldwide Youth Undertaking.

Theatre got here again into her life extra not too long ago when she and two associates placed on white coats and entertained at road festivals and different occasions with mock inspections of irrelevant particulars, resembling the lean of somebody’s hat or the size of the mayor’s chain of workplace.

Sarah was a eager linguist: fluent in French, conversational in Italian and with some fundamental Russian.

She is survived by me, our daughters, Joanna, Alice, Lydia and Nina, granddaughters Bonnie and Lori, and siblings Sue and Bob.


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