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Backstage mentoring network set up in memory of Ken Bennett-Hunter

Ken Bennett-Hunter. Photo: Eliza Power
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A mentoring network for backstage theatre professionals is being set up in tribute to former UK Theatre president Ken Bennett-Hunter.

A former administrative director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Bennett-Hunter also wrote for The Stage for more than 30 years and served as editor of the backstage section.

He died in March 2017, aged 70.

Obituary: Ken Bennett-Hunter

A group of friends and colleagues have now agreed to set up Ken’s Network, an informal mentoring and mid-career advice network for people in backstage roles.

Announcing the initiative’s founding, the group paid tribute to the mentoring Bennett-Hunter gave during his own career and said the network would keep his memory alive and continue the professional development he was so passionate about.

It will be launched at a fundraising concert on June 16, performed by the Beckenham Concert Band, with whom Bennett-Hunter played for many years.

It will be held at the Holy Trinity Church in Penge, London, at 7.30pm. Admission is free, however there will be a collection to raise funds for the new network.