Slinky Lincy by Hadrian Delacey
How do you get your head around the concept of having lost a dear friend when your last words to him were “Put a call out at stage door when you’re back and we’ll have a coffee and a catch-up”.
I met Lincoln when we were touring in Oliver! a few years ago. As the featured ensemble, we were usually in the same dressing room, so I got to know him well. He really was one of a kind. Generous, kind, eccentric, and with a huge passion for writing. But it was his love of his daughter I’ll remember most.
He helped me pick my jaw up off the floor when he informed me “I’m going to have a kid!” and no child could have hoped for a better father than him. He adored her and Nicole beyond words.
We spent a few weeks together sharing an apartment in Dublin during the Oliver! tour, and often we’d both just sit in silence, him tapping away at the the dining table on his ancient laptop (he’d been given a new one by a friend but something was wrong with it so he just toured it around with him) making corrections to one of his plays, and me sitting on the sofa teaching myself knitting via YouTube videos. That’s how rock and roll we were!
After the tour, Lincoln came back to work Front of House at Phantom of the Opera where I was performing. He’d been trained up to be the Fireman so I often bumped into him in the wings. We’d make small talk as time allowed, and each time promised ourselves a proper catch-up.
I’m not sure but I hope Lincoln knew how much he was loved in this industry. The shock of his passing has touched so many people. He’ll live on in his daughter and his writing. And by all of us who got to know Slinky Lincy.
Tribute by Hadrian Delacey
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