The Captain's Fund

The Captain's Fund (Illustration: Tim Davis)

Petrus Bertschinger

Petrus Bertschinger (1961-2015) was a long-standing member of the Central community from his time as a student in the 1980s to his most recent role as Senior Lecturer in Technical and Production Management at the School. Petrus graduated from Central in 1984 and had 32 years professional experience as stage manager, production manager and theatre consultant including Production Manager for Matthew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures, and ten years with Unicorn Theatre.

Petrus was at heart, a storyteller. He captained many ships for storytellers, and lit up imaginations across the world. He was generous with his time and energy, and inspired everyone he met in some way. He was truly and genuinely kind. He offered advice without judgement but, ultimately, was always there to give a great big hug.

There are few people in this world who seem to have had such a profound impact on the professional and personal lives of others. Petrus’s charming smile and caring words will be remembered by many.

- Etta Murfitt and Isabel Bertschinger

The Captain's Fund

At the request of Petrus’s family, donations are being sought for The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Unicorn Theatre to create a memorial fund in his name. The Captain’s Fund will be split to support Central’s Technical and Production Management or Stage Management courses, and the Unicorn Theatre.

We welcome donations of any size. Proceeds will be split equally between Central and the Unicorn Theatre.

How To Donate

Donate Online

Donate to us today through our secure online donation service.

Donate by Phone

To make a gift over the telephone using a credit or debit card, please contact the Department of External Affairs on +44 (0) 20 7449 1636.

Donate by Cheque

Send a cheque made payable to ‘The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’ to:

Meg Ryan
Head of Individual Giving & Alumni Relations
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Eton Avenue

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Illustration by Tim Davies

Petrus Bertschinger, MA, FRSA