Daniel Limon Daniel Limon

Daniel came to UEA in the autumn of 1967, as French lecteur, at the very birth of the French Sector in the School of European Studies.  At that time teaching methods were undergoing a re-evaluation, and Daniel brought to his classes and seminars a distinctive style, at once challenging, gently quizzical, warmly engaging. His early research was devoted to a comparative study of Proust and Lawrence Durrell, and while his intellectual range remained as broad as it was incisive, his teaching specialisms, subsequent to his promotion to lecturer, focussed on Surrealism and twentieth-century fiction and theatre. But perhaps his principal contribution to the Sector, as it acquired its own indelible sense of community and confidence in itself, lay in the development of annual dramatic productions (see personal appreciation below). He was unfortunately obliged to retire on health grounds at the end of 1995, but continued to take a lively and supportive interest in the fortunes of Sacré Théâtre. He remains for his colleagues and for those he taught the source of many colourful and deeply affectionate memories. 

With his wife Danielle, Daniel launched the tradition of French theatre at UEA, which later became Sacré Théâtre; as actor, director, producer, often financier, he was totally committed at all levels and, as in his inspiring and unorthodox teaching, materialised the energies of French language and celebrated its combative culture. In many ways, Daniel embodied the vision, the wild challenge, the dangers and the outrage of ‘doing different’. He was a maker of new worlds, a banger-together of heads, an alchemist of strange brews; yet also a fiercely classical metteur-en-scène, whose vision drove him to forge a dynamic of visceral sense upon and through our bodies and into corporeal presence as text made flesh. Ce fut l’esprit explosif du théâtre, du revers du monde, d’une certaine essence française, ou plutôt bretonne. Sans lui, nous aurions pu être plus confortables, mais infiniment plus pauvres.

Prof Clive Scott
Emeritus Professor
School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing