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Obituary: Guy Hutchins – ‘Storyteller whose work for young audiences explored generational and inter-cultural issues’

Guy Hutchins in his 2002 show Beans. Credit: Sharad Bolar Guy Hutchins in his 2002 show Beans. Credit: Sharad Bolar

Guy Hutchins was a writer and storyteller whose work for young audiences explored generational and inter-cultural issues using masks, mime, puppets, dance and spoken word.

Having studied writing and drama at Birmingham University, his early work included plays for Birmingham Rep’s community department and the bilingual theatre in education company Voicebox. He wrote for Pentabus Theatre, London’s Little Angel Theatre, for radio and television, and toured internationally.

Formed in 1997, his own company, Moby Duck, fused art forms and ancient and modern storytelling traditions to create 25 plays ranging from short fables to three-hour epics, often accompanied by interactive workshops. He also developed long-standing collaborations with companies in India and South Korea.

Experience in education saw him running literacy classes and performing residencies in schools and colleges for more than 30 years.

Guy Hutchins was born on December 5, 1949 and died on November 23, 2018, aged 69.

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