Local theatre has lost the creative passion and spirited zeal of Mignon Lowe who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 45.
The death of the veteran actress, who succumbed to a heart ailment, has plunged the performing community into mourning. Lowe is being remembered as a gifted, disciplined actress and humane person who took on serious projects on and off the stage.
Lowe's career in theatre started over two decades ago and within recent time she has taken on the role of director, wearing the cap for the production of 'Epilepsy' last year.
In addition to working in the arts locally, Lowe spent more than 15 years working in theatre in Jamaica. She was known as the actress who Paloma Mohamed always worked with and had been in nearly all of Mohamed's work.
She starred in the local film If Wishes Were Horses, with comic Habeeb Khan. Some of her more notable performances were in 'Woman-in-law', 'Judas', 'Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' and 'Talk Tent'.
Her closest friend and fellow actress, Jennifer Thomas told Stabroek News that Lowe was working hard up to the end and earlier this month she participated in a Script Writer's workshop convened for the development of the CDC-GAP Guyana MARCH project.
Thomas said her friend loved the stage as much as she enjoyed working with children and elderly people. Lowe, she said, was understanding, kind and always willing to share her expansive knowledge of the stage.
"She was the best friend I have ever had and we have worked on numerous projects. We were in Canada late last year working and Mignon was so professional. She was a professional," Thomas related.
She said Lowe was very involved with her community at Diamond, East Bank Demerara and had worked extensively with young people and the elderly.
Ron Robinson, another friend and colleague, recalled yesterday that Lowe was a serious dramatist who was quite dedicated to theatre. When she was performing, Robinson said, Lowe gave it her all and expected as much from everyone she worked with.
He said if she found that someone was slacking off she told them about it, especially the younger actors. According to him, she was a very frank person.
"Mignon was quite the personality. She called a spade a spade. I worked with her on a few projects and she was dedicated. She will be missed by all her colleagues," Robinson added.
Veteran actress Margaret Lawrence remembered her friend Lowe as a theatre enthusiast and great stage performer. She said it was only a few days ago that she saw Lowe at a workshop.
Lawrence said Lowe was involved in the BEAMS project and that she had a deep love for education and the arts. She said Lowe worked with children and gave much of herself to the community in which she lived.
Lowe is survived by her mother and a son.
A funeral service is scheduled for today. Her body will be at Sandy's Funeral Home at 12 pm for viewing thence to Diamond for funeral service and burial.