Brett Casben

We were saddened to hear the news this week, that Sydney actor and long term contributor to this website, Brett Casben passed away on Sunday 20 February, 2011.

Brett had been a contributor to both Australian Stage since its inception, and to its predecessor Sydney Stage Online, since 2007.

Brett studied Speech and Drama at The Trinity College London in 1964 where he was awarded the State Medal. He later went on to study Law at Sydney University but did not take a degree.

As a writer he displayed an extensive knowledge of both classic and contemporary theatre and was an enthusiastic and generous contributor to Australian Stage.

As an actor he worked under the name Brett Nevill and performed as recently as 2010 in Life is Impossible by Sydney independent company, subtlenuance. In 2008, he performed in Terror on the North Side, winner of Best Overall Production in the 2008 Short&Sweet Festival. He also performed regularly with RAW-EM Theatre Company including their outdoor productions of The Wind in the Willows and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

According to his family, Brett was not unwell at the time of his death, and passed away peacefully in his sleep. His funeral was held Friday 4 March at St James Anglican Church in Menangle.

We are deeply saddened at his loss and are extremely grateful for his contribution to this site. We extend our sincere condolences to his family.

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