|26 Jan 2024
It is always a shock to report that someone has passed away at just 41 years old. We are deeply saddened to share the news that Ms Morse, Amelia, died on December 16th 2023, as a result of the cancer that had been diagnosed in August 2021. This is so hard to comprehend but we must relish her significant accomplishments throughout her life, and celebrate the influences she left in many places, and on the many young people she taught and inspired, and colleagues she worked with over many years.
From the age of seven Amelia attended speech and drama lessons winning cups and medals in festivals. She had the most superb performance voice and took leading roles in local youth theatre productions. At age eighteen Amelia gained a place at Drama Centre London, which had a reputation for using challenging techniques. The rigorous training was tough.
Amelia decided to devote her talent and skills to teaching Drama, and soon advanced in her career. She had a unique style that was exciting, exhilarating and energised by techniques influenced by the innovative work of Frantic Assembly. She loved the teaching side of her job, sharing her passion and going the extra mile to help her students achieve their best – The Force of the Morse! She had a flair for directing stage plays such as Jane Eyre, and over the years, many elaborate musicals. All fabulous shows with the hallmark of Amelia’s slick and pacy style. She was inclusive and strived to give everyone a chance to shine, and to build confidence and self-worth. This for many students was transformative. Another aspect of Amelia’s talent was comedy, and she loved writing her own hilarious scripts for pantomimes full of traditional slap stick set pieces, and sharp one-liners.
Amelia adored animals big and small from stick insects to horses. Social history was another passion. She enjoyed the complexity of London and the interweaving of the past and the present, and especially the characters. The stories of the lives of five women, five victims, recently inspired an outstanding dramatic piece for her A Level students at Queen’s.
Amelia bravely faced the fear and uncertainty of her life limiting illness with the utmost strength and fortitude – never self-pitying. Her grace and tolerance of all the gruelling treatment, and her sense of humour saw her through challenging times. It is comforting to know that Amelia received the very best of care from the amazing medical professionals, and from her family. Amelia’s sister Isobel travelled from Tasmania with her family for everyone to come together at her side.
Amelia was an incalculably committed and talented teacher, whose abundantly generous spirit enriched the lives of those who had the good fortune to be taught by her, and the privilege to know and love her.
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