Actor and disability campaigner Sophie Partridge dies

Sophie Partridge in Graeae's Flower Girls in 2009. Photo: Patrick Baldwin
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The actor, playwright and political campaigner Sophie Partridge has died at the age of 48.

Her death on June 5 was confirmed in a statement released by Graeae Theatre Company, with whom Partridge trained as an actor and had been working for in various capacities since 2000.

Partridge had forged a prominent theatre career as a writer and actor. She appeared in productions with a number of other companies including the David Glass Ensemble, Natural Theatre and Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh.

Born with brittle bone syndrome, Partridge was a member of Equity’s deaf and disabled members committee and was also active in campaigns advocating greater rights for disabled people.

She made her debut with Graeae in Jean Anouilh’s The Lark at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London in 2000 and went on to win acclaim for her performance in Kaite O’Reilly’s Peeling in 2002.

Her plays, Fluff and solo piece Song of Semmersuaq, were seen at Jacksons Lane in north London in 2006 and the DaDa International Festival, Liverpool in 2014.

In a statement on its website, Graeae said: “We are devastated to hear that actor, campaigner and theatremaker Sophie Partridge passed away earlier this week. Sophie’s talent has been woven through Graeae’s productions and workshops since 2000 and many of us feel privileged to have called her our friend. We feel her loss deeply but she leaves behind a legacy of delighted audiences of tens of thousands who were lucky enough to have seen her perform.”