Tributes paid to Dundee Rep stalwart Robert Paterson
Tributes have been paid to Robert Paterson, a long-serving member of the Dundee Rep Ensemble, who has died suddenly at the age of 55. Paterson performed in more than 50 productions as part of the highly acclaimed ensemble, taking on numerous ecelctic roles. He portrayed George, one half of the world's most obnoxious drinks party hosting couple, memorably sparring with Irene MacDougall's Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 2009, and gave a fine performance as Dysart the psychiatrist in Jemima Levick's production of Equus a year later. At the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe he gave a standout turn as the colossally fat and cantankerous Tiny, a member of a travelling human freak show, in Lynda Radley's Futureproof. Most recently Paterson starred in the CATS award-winning Further Than the Furthest Thing as South African factory owner Hansen and he was also a popular fixture in the Rep's annual panto.
A statement from Dundee Rep described Paterson as an 'institution' and said: 'We are shocked and devastated with the news. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family at this desperately sad time.'
At the time of his death Paterson was appearing in a run of The Tempest at the Rep. This week’s performances have been cancelled, however the production will recommence from Thursday 21 June at 7:30pm. We at The List would like to express our deep sadness at Robert's passing and add our condolences to his family and friends.