You will have read with great sadness that Bryan Leitch, the legendary Production and Lighting Designer died peacefully on Tuesday 23rd April. His work over thirty years covered many of the top artistes and his encouraging advice along the way brought so many young and talented designers and technicians into our industry.
Over the last few years, whilst still working, he embraced his role in Backup as that of an ambassador but more importantly he engaged with those in our industry who were suffering from degenerative and life threatening illnesses. His calm and supportive presence and regular contact, no matter what time of day or night, meant so much to those who faced exhausting treatment and recovery.
He, himself, was no stranger to this as he suffered from Non Hodgkins Lymphoma diagnosed some 9 years previously. He received a Knight of Illumination award for his work a few years ago but Backup will remember him as a Backup Knight in shining armour who willingly and with compassion stepped forward and helped those in need.
The video above is from last year, of Bryan talking about how the financial support Backup gives makes such a difference.
You can read Chairman John Simpson’s full letter honouring Bryan’s contribution to Backup here