DULCIE JONES (neé WRAIGHT) 03 September 1932 - 13 April 2012
Dulcie Jones Dulcie Jones was at PARADA and RADA from 1949 to 1951 and died peacefully on 13 April 2012 following a heart operation.
Dulcie attended RADA's Preparatory Academy (PARADA) in Highgate from spring 1949 and was awarded the PARADA Scholarship. She then studied at RADA from 1950 to 1951, and in the summer of 1951 attended the Summer School at Dartington Hall, Devon. She graduated in December 1951 with the RADA Diploma and a Special Commendation in the Kendall Prize.
On leaving RADA Dulcie worked with a couple of touring companies, including the Strand Repertory Company, touring theatres, service camps and hospitals all over the country. She appeared in an early BBC television play about the Derby potteries, in the part of Brenda. She then worked with RADA lecturer Hugh Miller in Christopher Hassell's Out of the Whirlwind which was performed on the dais at Westminster Abbey the day after the Queen’s Coronation.
In 1955, following her engagement to Australian, Lewis Jones, Dulcie moved to Melbourne. Under the guidance of agents Lew and Leslie Grade, she had a successful run on the popular Christie’s 3 Gong Award. Then at the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) she performed in several plays with Cyril Gardner. She worked as a singer on many of Melbourne's commercial radio stations, including Radio 3UZ and 3KZ and sang in cabaret in hotels on the Mornington Peninsula.
On her return to England in 1957, Dulcie's career took a change of course. She ran the drama group at Rochester's Good Companions' Club and was involved in local politics; she also became a full-time mother to daughter, Amanda. In the 1970s she had an antiques business and ran a successful campaign against VAT on children's clothes which heralded a brief return to broadcasting, including an appearance on the BBC radio programme Woman's Hour.
In later life Dulcie worked for Bechtel, the engineering, procurement, and construction company, for their Human Resources Department. Her RADA experience and qualifications were put to good use giving voice training to company executives and helping them to improve their presentation skills. Dulcie retired in 1997.
Dulcie is survived by her husband and daughter. A collection raised money for RADA's endowment fund to help support students, and also to sponsor a seat in Dulcie’s name at the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre.