Our farewell to Ray Henwood
One of New Zealand's most beloved actors, Ray Henwood, has passed away today aged 82.
A pillar of Circa Theatre since co-founding it in 1976, the Welsh-born actor appeared in many plays, films and television programmes, notably the sitcom Gliding On, where he starred alongside POW Head of Story Jane Waddell.
“My first professional production after I graduated from Drama School, was as Ray's wife Isobel, in Roger Hall's Middle Age Spread in 1977.
A couple of years later when the film was made, I wasn't cast - I was too young to be credible in the role.
In 1988, both Ray and I were in a new New Zealand play by Stuart Hoar, called Squatter and in 1994, we were both in I Hate Hamlet.
Spreading Out (2004) was Roger's sequel to Middle Age Spread, in which I also played Ray's disillusioned wife, Isobel.
In 2008, I was with Ray in another Roger Hall play - Who Wants to Be 100? (though not as his wife.)
Last Legs - another Roger Hall - was the last play I was in with Ray in 2016. It premiered at Circa and travelled to Dunedin for a season at the Fortune Theatre in 2017.
Ray was devoted to his work in the theatre and made a significant and generous contribution to the industry. He will be greatly missed. Vale Ray.”
POW sends their condolences to the Henwood whānau.