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Lynn Manning athlete, poet, actor, playwright and founder of the Watts Village Theater Company, died last Monday aged 60, after a year-long fight against liver cancer. In 2005 Extant Theatre brought Manning to the UK and toured his one-man autobiographical play Weights, which told his story of being shot and blinded by a stranger in a bar. Extant CEO Maria Oshodi has kindly allowed Dao to reproduce her tribute to a man she remembers as a warrior, brother and friend

photo of Lynn Manning seated on stage wearing a beret, dark glasses and a grey suit

Photo of Lynn Manning on stage performing 'Weights'

Lynn Manning athlete, poet, actor, playwright and founder of the Watts Village Theater Company, died last Monday aged 60, after a year-long fight against liver cancer. In 2005 Extant Theatre brought Manning to the UK and toured his one-man autobiographical play Weights, which told his story of being shot and blinded by a stranger in a bar. Extant CEO Maria Oshodi has kindly allowed Dao to reproduce her tribute to a man she remembers as a warrior, brother and friend

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31 August 2015

Colin Hambrook

A very sad loss to the disability arts community. I remember being awestruck by Lynn's performance of Weights when Extant toured back in 2004 I think it was.

11 August 2015

Diane Glenn-Mannning

My name is Diane Glenn-Manning, My husband's name is Richard Manning. We live in Fresno , California. I believe my husband is a half brother of Lynn Manning the artistic poet, and Co-founder of the Watts Theater Village. Richard and I send our condolences and prayers to the family of Lynn Manning. We just received the news of his passing. We both wished we could have gotten more aqainted with Lynn and his family. God Bless Lynn, May he Rest in Peace!

10 August 2015

Sophie P.

Weights was brilliant :-(( xx

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