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Joy Toperoff d. November 2023. R.I.P.

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As a writer, Joy had a keen eye for character development, blended with a wry, comic edge. She was very perceptive in her observations and enjoyable to work with. Although she was a quiet soul, “still waters ran deep”. Rest peacefully, Joy.

Wendy McNeilly

I was very sad to hear of the death of Joy Toporoff. She once wrote a fabulous play about an elderly man who summoned his family to dinner to tell them he was leaving everything to his new, very pretty carer from Thailand. After they had left, disgruntled, she revealed she was actually a boy. Joy and my dear Bob were good friends and travelled together to and from Hammersmith on the tube. One Saturday night I had been at a hen party in the Tapas restaurant on Haverstock Hill. We were loud and rude and crude. The next Monday she told Bob, in a funny put on, disapproving voice, “Ai saw your waif in the Tapas bar. Behaving disgracefully.” Much later. I went alone to the Park Theatre. After the show I was waiting in my wheelchair for my special taxi home. It was raining heavily and it never came. She waited with me, would not leave me. In the end, she pushed me in my wheelchair in the rain to Finsbury Park Station and got a taxi there.

Helen Braithwaite

Joy was a regular, loyal supporter of AWL. She was witty and perceptive with her comments. AWL enjoyed putting Joy’s plays on, and she was also helpful in reading and appraising other writers work - she found the £1 fee for reading very amusing! We miss her calm, quiet presence.

Robin Miller

Greatly saddened to hear this. Joy was a lovely, charming woman.

Frank Mariani

I was so upset to hear the sad news about Joy. She was a very good playwright and we had lots of lovely chats about writing. I shall miss her, her wisdom, her kindness and her beautiful smile very much.

Sally Sheringham

I am so sorry to hear this. It’s true we had not seen her for a bit. She was lovely, and very thoughtful in her comments. Sensitive and witty. God bless her.

Kate Glover

A very nice lady. We always had interesting discussions about plays. Sad news.

Tom Jensen

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