Casting update for Death of England: Delroy


We are very sorry to announce that Giles Terera will no longer be appearing in the production of Death of England: Delroy following emergency surgery. Giles is recovering well, and the issue was not COVID-19 related, however having been informed that he will require a recuperation period of six weeks, very unfortunately, this means he will be unable to perform as previously announced in this run of the production. We all send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery. 

We are pleased to announce that Michael Balogun will now play the role of Delroy in Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’ new play which will open on 21 October in the Olivier theatre. Michael has been understudying the role of Delroy and has been working with the team throughout rehearsals. Michael’s previous work for the National Theatre includes, Macbeth, and the UK tours of Barber Shop Chronicles and People, Places & Things. 

The new play tells the story of Delroy who is arrested on his way to the hospital. Filled with anger and grief, he recalls the moments and relationships that gave him hope before his life was irrevocably changed. This new work explores a Black working-class man searching for truth and confronting his relationship with Great Britain. 

Death of England: Delroy is the first play to be performed at the National Theatre since theatres across the UK closed on the 16th March. Tickets available on the NT website

RashDash release new verbatim concept album | Don’t Go Back To Sleep

RashDash release verbatim concept album
Don’t Go Back To Sleep: The Lockdown Album

  • Created during lockdown, the 24 track album is out today on Bandcamp and other major platforms
  • Songs include I Have To Keep Going, an audio/video track developed with British Sign Language and English
  • Live shows of the whole album will take place at HOME Manchester 21-24 October

“RashDash are the punk princesses of late-night theatre” Maddy Costa, The Guardian

Streaming on all major platforms

@rashdashtheatre | #rashdashalbum |

When Covid-19 thwarted their plans to make a new show, RashDash looked to the music that has always been at the heart of their work and made an album. Don’t Go Back To Sleep: The Lockdown Album isbased on interviews with people across the globe and draws on musical influences from pop and punk to folk – including a track created in British Sign Language. The title track, Don’t Go Back To Sleep shares its name with a poem by renowned 13th century Persian poet Rumi, which was shared with the company by a Leeds-based poet who is sampled on the album track of the same name.

With three-part harmonies spanning multiple musical genres, RashDash follow 18 people from 12 countries; Argentina to China, and here in the UK through the joys and fears of lockdown following the pandemic. Sampling interviews with strangers set up through friends, and making use of soundscape and song, the album weaves together the voices, experiences and dreams of a global population waking up to the world and taking a second look at who we were before everything changed and who we are becoming. What can happen if we don’t go back to sleep? Is change possible if we all stay awake?

Contributors whose voices can be heard include a man in Mumbai, whose work usually takes him away from home, who spent 26 days with his 26 year old daughter for the first time during lockdown; a Swedish doctor in favour of his government’s no-lockdown stance; a young participant in the National Youth Theatre of Kenya who offered views from Nairobi’s Mathari slum; an anonymous woman in China surprised by the lack of co-operation with rules she saw on the news from Britain and a New Zealander eagerly returning to normal social life as her country declared the all clear.

Trailed by lead single Never Waste A Crisis which was previewed on Bandcamp and released online today across major platforms, the album will receive its live debut next month at HOME Manchester in a series of shows that will bring the songs to real life audiences as part of the venue’s first season of live work since the shutdown. HOME last presented work in March before the venue was forced to close due to COVID-19 and reopened on 4 September after 168 days of closure. 

Speaking about the album Abbi and Helen said “Being stopped from making live theatre has been a huge blow and we’ve missed / are missing it terribly. But in trying to find the ways we might work together remotely, the ways we might create art for different platforms we’ve made a stand alone album for the first time – something we’ve always wanted to do and are really proud of. Speaking to people from across the world about their experiences has been such a privilege and pulled us through this really tricky time for the company and for all of us personally.”

RashDash was formed by Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen at The University of Hull in 2009. After making several shows together over the years, Becky Wilkie joined the core team in summer 2017. Their work is a combination of radical feminist ideas explored through an articulate physical style in a form that they continue to reinvent. Their work is a combination of radical feminist ideas explored through an articulate physical style in a form that they continue to reinvent, with shows including Three SistersTwo Man ShowWe Want You to Watch and Oh I Can’t Be Bothered. RashDash have won three Fringe First Awards, the Tods Murray Awards for Best Book and Innovation in Musical Theatre, a UK Theatre award for best touring production for Three Sisters. and have received nominations for Total Theatre and Off West End Awards.

Company Information
Lyrics, concept and interviews by Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen 
Songwriting by Becky Wilkie
Produced, mixed and arranged by Matt Randall 
Performed by Becky Wilkie, Helen Goalen, Abbi Greenland and Matt Randall
Project produced by Andrew Hughes
Good Solid British Common Sense written and performed by Reuben Johnson, with additional vocals and arrangement by RashDash 
BSL song created with and performed by Nadia Nadarajah
Created with and translated by Siobhan Rocks
Interview translated by Lisa Faragher 

Made from interviews with: Christina Catechis – USA | Meropi Papastergiou – Greece | Kgomotso Kiggy – South Africa Alvin Liu – USAElsie Bura – Kenya (but stuck in Texas)Michael Awiti – Kenya Hanif Sama – India Juan Manuel Miron – Argentina Leif Stille – Sweden Lisa Birchall – New Zealand Lynn Sweeting – UKMatthew Watson – UKSeki Lynch – UK | Simona Cretaro – Italy Anonymous – ChinaAnonymous – Iran | Noreen Clarkson – UK | Members of the Newington’s Chill Club in Ramsgate: A poem written by Annelyse, Jake, Hannah, Jordan, Lacey, Demi, Chardonnay, Madison, Summer, Lilly, Jamie, Ella, Alicia + artists and support workers Nova Marshall, Sue Rumsey, Chris Divers, Symone Crouchman & Lisa Payne.

Listings information – performances at HOME Manchester

21 – 24 October

HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

Weds – Sat 7.30pm, Audio Described Sat 7.30pm

£10 | | 0161 200 1500

Supported by Slung Low, Paines Plough, HOME, Allan Wilson, and anyone who donated to the crowdfund set up by Charlotte Bennett – thank you. 

Myra DuBois’ A Problem Shared Review

Live online – 30 September 2020


Reviewed by Claire Roderick

From humble beginnings (well, as humble as Myra Dubois from off the television can manage) as a weekly Facebook live stream during lockdown, A Problem Shared has hit the big time and production values have soared – TWO cameras! The show has corporate sponsorship from Beauty by Rose, and a wonderful send-up of nonsensical perfume adverts (and some cracking old-school cinema advert slides pre-show),

But Myra hasn’t changed at all, her mission to guide her audience on an introspective journey of self-betterment continues in style – and she makes it very clear that we should all be grateful!

With her 3 point programme of aromatherapy (provided by Myra’s sister Rose), positive reinforcement (chocolates are thrown at the crew) and serenity breathing, Myra is here to make life better. Myra obviously thinks that the fact that she is just engaging with the audience makes their lives infinitely better, and the constant battle between disdain and concern for the people with problems is delicious. With a live audience, DuBois picks off her victims with gleeful ease, building a rapport that is joyfully unpredictable and hilarious; relying on problems tweeted in for material will never produce such comedy gold, and this section was a little hit and miss, but there were some killer one-liners and sage advice.

Global megastar Barbra Streisand turns up in Myra Towers feeling flat, so obviously the two divas sing a duet to cheer her up in a fabulous section, and Myra manages to navigate a question about smelly drains into a monologue about death, relics and, of course, a song.

Myra DuBois’ trademark acerbic, but warm and welcoming, humour is best served with a live audience to bounce off, but if you can’t get to her live performances yet, then her online show is still a real tonic. It will keep you laughing and cringing along with Rotherham’s finest, and her advice may just change your life. Streaming monthly on 28 October, 25 November, 24 December – visit for tickets

The Survival Tour



How can you cycle further than from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the UK?

Take #TheSurvivalTour bike ride!

Six industry professionals support #WeMakeEvents with 1,500km fundraiser

Starting at Utilita Arena Newcastle on Saturday 3rd October and finishing in London on Sunday October 18th, five industry stalwarts (plus one driving the bus!) will cycle between 80 and 125km per day, representing the UK tour season that never happened this year. Stopping off at over 50 of the most iconic festival, tour and performance venues that have all been standing empty, dark and silent, since the start of lockdown, all in all the tour will cover over 1,500km. (See tour locations and route map below.)

The tour aims to raise awareness of the plight of the million-plus workers in the UK events industry, a sector regarded as the best in the world, to raise funds for Backup #WeMakeEvents’ chosen charity that provides help to employees, freelancers and their families suffering in the entertainment sector, and to kick off ‘RESTART’, the next phase of the #WeMakeEvents campaign.

The five riders and driver of the support vehicle, provided by Crossland Bussing, all have established careers in the events industry, having worked with the biggest names in the world including Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Roger Waters, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons and more. Heading up the initiative are Steve Reynolds and Loud Sound colleagues Mike Trasmundi along with. Mark Ward of Proper Productions and colleagues Harry Ford and Tyler Cole-Holmes,

According to Steve Reynolds it was so important, professionally as well as personally, to try to help. “Having worked in the entertainment and events business for so many years we all felt we HAD to do something, both to raise awareness to the public, who rarely see us behind the scenes, and inform the Government of the impending collapse of this sector, one that has grown year-on-year and is regarded as the best in the world, and is on the brink of collapse.

“Most of our friends and colleagues work in this industry, we know their families and they are suffering. In fact, it’s like a big extended family, and we couldn’t stand by and let it just disappear without trying to help. So, to anyone reading or listening, please come and join us (it’s imperative for safety and COVID compliance that everyone has to register) or, if you can, make a donation on our donations page, thank you so much.”


3rd October: Newcastle > Northallerton

4th October: Northallerton > Leeds

5th October: Leeds > Manchester

6th October: Manchester > Warrington

7th October: Warrington > Sheffield

8th October: Sheffield > Nottingham

9th October: Nottingham > Coalville

10th October: Coalville > Birmingham

11th October: Birmingham > Oxford

12th October: Oxford > Bristol

13th October: Bristol > Glastonbury

14th October: Glastonbury > Bournemouth

15th October: Bournemouth > Portsmouth

16th October: Portsmouth > Brighton

17th October: Brighton > London

18th October: London (travelling between landmarks)

Gary White of #WeMakeEvents added, “We’re delighted Steve and the team are helping in this way. It’s a typically generous gesture that we’re used to seeing from this industry. We’re extremely aware that many in our industry are suffering a sharp decline in their mental health and, with little or no work or income for the past six months and no prospect of jobs until at least spring 2021, it’s important that we all pull together and raise funds to help them. If you’re thinking of joining the ride, why not invite an industry friend who might be in that position to get involved to join you for the day and be a part of it.” To get involved you must register at and join the team for a day’s ride, or, if that sounds a little too energetic, you can help by donating to the charity on

Covid-19 statement

Underlining the professionalism of the industry, the event hosts have taken all the necessary precautions and worked with authorities to ensure the safe running of the event and that social distancing will be complied with.

Do not attend if you, or anyone you have been in contact with, has had any Covid-19 symptoms in the last ten days.

Please adhere to social distancing and try to keep no less than 1 metre away from anyone who is not from your household or in your bubble

About #WeMakeEvents

Our industry is important and contributes billions of pounds each year to the UK economy. Due to COVID-19 it needs immediate help. We want our future to continue to create millions of memories with the stories to match – it’s what we do best.

Without significant and immediate support, the entire live entertainments sector supply chain is at risk of collapse. #WeMakeEvents is a campaign to raise public, government and media awareness in support of the live events sector which employs over circa 1,000,000 highly skilled people in the UK, all of whom have had no work for the past four months, with little likelihood of restarting until Spring 2021.

The campaign is being run by a large and growing industry collective of trade bodies, businesses and freelancers affected by the shutdown, all working together. It spans online and social messaging, video, case studies and legal outdoor events to gain media attention, with specific activities having occurred on 11th August and the Global Day of Action on 30th September, our voice is beginning to be heard.

Our aim is to have significant financial support extended for the people and companies in this sector until they can return to work. We call on you to stand as one, united in our common cause to save our industry. Join our campaign #WeMakeEvents to get the UK Government to act now for immediate and sustained financial support by visiting #WeMakeEvents.

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The Barn Theatre have released a sneak peek video of Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, The Light in the Piazza) and Celinde Schoenmaker (Rocketman, The Phantom of the Opera) performing “All Things Bright and Beautiful (Part 2)” in rehearsals for the theatre’s upcoming revival production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Marry Me A Little

Rob Houchen and Celinde Schoenmaker will star in the new revival production from 16 October to 8 November.

Conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the charming and bittersweet one-act musical follows two single strangers as they explore their secret, unshared fantasies whilst they are left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night.

The production breathes new theatrical life and meaning to a collection of trunk songs that were culled from the original productions of some of Sondheim’s iconic musicals including FolliesCompany and A Little Night Music.

Last year Rob Houchen and Celinde Schoenmaker starred alongside one another in the 2019 London premiere of the Adam Guettel musical The Light in the Piazza at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. They later reprised their roles for the production’s American transfer to the Los Angeles Opera in October 2019.

The production will be directed by Kirk Jameson (Just So, Madagascar) with musical staging by Sam Spencer-Lane (The Last Five Years, Aspects of Love), set and costume design by Gregor Donnelly (Daddy Long Legs, Aspects of Love) and musical direction by Arlene McNaught (SIX, Little Miss Sunshine).

Marry Me A Little is produced by the Barn Theatre in association with Anthology Theatre.

The Barn Theatre have also announced Waylon Jacobs (Hamilton, Memphis, The Last Five Years) will star in the title role of the world premiere of Alan Pollock’s new adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story Peter Pan from 21 November 2020 to 3 January 2021.

Swings and Roundabouts by theatre makers turned film makers

Swings and Roundabouts 
A short film by Frances Loy 
Starring Melissa Woodbridge and John Heffernan, a film about grief after miscarriage 
Copa Shorts Film Fest 2020: 7 – 10 November 
Further screenings TBA Trailer:

Charting the grief of a couple who have lost a child, Swings and Roundabouts is a new short film addressing the heart-breaking realities behind the statistic that one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. Prompted by a mother’s distress in a playground, Sarah (Melissa Woodbridge) is sent into a spiral of grief and panic. Her husband Paul (John Heffernan) tries to provide the emotional and practical support she needs, but as he struggles with his own grief the chasm between them widens. John Heffernan is most recently known for his role as Jonathan Harker in Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s Dracula on Netflix. 

Swings and Roundabouts is the debut film from writer and director Frances Loy and producer Libby Brodie, theatre makers turned filmmakers who have created this film as women and mothers who know that miscarriage is a subject that is ignored in vast areas of arts and media. The film is sponsored by Kodak and shot entirely on 16mm film. 

Producer Libby Brodie said, “One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth but this is rarely reflected in mainstream media which can leave those experiencing it feeling isolated, ignored, confused or misguidedly guilty. Creatively led by brilliant, international, female filmmakers, we hope this film fosters conversation on the issue for both men and women and sheds light on this common tragedy.” 

Writer and director Frances Loy said, “Miscarriage happens through no fault of the mother, the father, the fates. This scientific fact and common statistic doesn’t make it any less painful, doesn’t stop parents grieving the loss of a child they’d hoped for, doesn’t stop them blaming themselves and doesn’t stop them keeping this sad secret in the hope of not upsetting people outside of this experience. 

“In researching the story I realised I had many female friends I’d spoken to about their miscarriages in the past, so I made more of an effort to talk to male friends who had gone through the same. So often this is seen as a women’s issue because of course the physical process happens to the mother – but it’s a human issue. Among the things I heard from men were “I am not entitled to grieve”, “it’s my job to support her”, “I don’t know any other dads who have been through this”. It was important to me to show the emotional repercussions of miscarriage on the father, without diminishing the experience of the mother. This is a story of the shared and individual grief one couple goes through when they experience miscarriage.” 

Frances Loy is a theatre director whose work has traversed from traditional spaces to immersive experiences to virtual reality, from London to New York and Los Angeles. She co-founded and was Artistic Director of alternative space company Theatre Delicatessen in London from 2007-2012. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013 she has built immersive experiences for brands and commercials, directed work in traditional spaces and dabbled with 360 VR filmmaking; she also directs audiobooks for Penguin Random House, recently collaborating with Jeff Goldblum on Norman Einstein’s The Last Palace. Frances has recently shadowed on shows such The Orville (Fox), Tales of the City (Netflix) and Grace and Frankie (Netflix). 

Swings and Roundabouts stars John Heffernen and Melissa Woodbridge. John Heffernen’s television credits include playing Jonathan Harker in Netflix’s Dracula, and include lead or featured guest parts in BrexitCollateralDickensianThe CrownLuther Season IVRipper Street and Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell. Melissa Woodbridge recently starred as Elvira opposite Angela Landsbury in Blithe Spirit. She features in the new series of David Mitchell and Robert Webb’s TV comedy Back, and plays the lead in Dawn King’s new feature film My One and Only due for release in 2021. 

John Heffernan said, “I thought the script for Swings and Roundabouts was really fascinating. It takes a real skill to write a short film and this script painted such a beautiful portrait of Paul and Sarah. The subject matter is also important. Baby loss is something which isn’t often addressed, and it needs to be. It happens so often but that’s not mirrored in the television and film that I’ve seen.” 

Running Time: 11 mins | Suitable for ages 12+, contains themes some viewers may find upsetting 

Company information 

Writer and director Frances Loy 

Producer Libby Brodie 

Editor Jay Tanner                                 Production designer Kat Heath 

Director of photography David Bird      Production manager Natalie Gothelf 

Executive producer Rachel Gold 


Sarah: Melissa Woodbridge       Paul: John Heffernan 

Jen: Olivia Squier 

Listings information 

7 – 10 November (further dates TBA) 

Copa Shorts Film Fest 2020










Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Café are pleased to announce details for the second episode of The Theatre Channel – a specially extended Halloween themed episode with songs from DraculaCarrie, and Jekyll and HydeThe episode is available to purchase now, ahead of its release on 30 October, and details will be released in the coming weeks of further exciting and high-profile performers who will join the line-up.

The Theatre Channel is a brand-new web series showcasingwell-known musical theatre classics – a unique hybrid of stage and screen. Performed by the cream of British and international musical theatre talent, each episode is staged and filmed with high production values on location at The Theatre Café in the heart of the West End, making full use of the whole space – from the bar seating area all the way up to the roof – and feature a mix of 5-6 standalone performances, ordinarily set in a café, bar or restaurant. Many of the performances are supported by the Café Four, a regular cast made up of other West End talents.

British musical theatre legend Linzi Hateley will revisit the musical that launched her career at the age of seventeen when she played the title role in Carrie in Stratford and on Broadway. She will perform the number “When There’s No One” – returning to the show as Carrie’s mother, the role originally performed by Barbara Cook and Betty Buckley.

The Halloween episode will include the following talent and performances:

Linzi Hateley (Mamma Mia!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Blood Brothers) singing When There Is No One from Carrie

Bradley Jaden (Les Misérables, Wicked) and Sophie Isaacs (Six, Heathers: The Musical) singing Life After Life from Dracula

Josh Piterman (The Phantom of the Opera) singing The Confrontation from Jekyll and Hyde

Aimie Atkinson (Pretty Woman, Six) with song to be announced.

The first episode – starring Tarinn Callender, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Oliver Ormson, Matt Henry MBE, Lucie Jones, Jenna Russell and Jodie Steele is available to purchase and download via – once purchased, audiences are able to watch episodes unlimited times.

The Theatre Channel’s Café Four is comprised of Alyn Hawke (Oklahoma, Follies, 42nd Street), Emily Langham (The Boy Friend, Oklahoma, West Side Story), Sadie-Jean Shirley (City of Angels, Ghost: The Musical, Aladdin) and Alex Woodward (Mamma Mia, Hairspray). 

Adam Blanshay said, “Halloween is beloved by children of all ages, and what better way to mark the holiday than to celebrate with a special Halloween-themed episode! There are many spooks and surprises in store. We hope the episode combines the right amount of camp fancy-dress fun with stirring epic performances. Moreover, may theatre fans rejoice as Linzi Hateley groundbreakingly revisits her roots with a stirring performance from Carrie- for the first time ever stepping into the shoes of Margaret White.”

The Theatre Channel is produced by Adam Blanshay Productions and The Theatre Café, with direction and choreography by Bill Deamer and musical supervision by Michael England, set and costume design by Gregor Donnelly, lighting design by Jack Weir, sound design by Keegan Curran, videography by Ben Hewis and hair and makeup by Diana Hudson.




Connect2you Launches – Live performance with a purpose



Starting this month, West End stars and some of the UK’s most talented stage and screen artists will perform to care home residents through Connect2you, a campaign which provides COVID safe bespoke live performances ensuring that the ‘Show Will Go On’ for members of the community across the UK who have been hardest hit by COVID 19 Pandemic.

Care homes are one of the sectors hit hardest by Covid-19 with many cut off from their loved ones to keep them safe. Connect2you is bringing a little magic to their doorsteps with live outdoor shows from self-contained solar powered stage vehicles of differing sizes to fit small or large spaces, where performances will always be from a safe distance.

Conceived during the pandemic, Connect2you’s goal is to lift spirits and connect people with song, joy and laughter by bringing live entertainment to their doorsteps; whilst offering many talented artists who usually appear in West End shows, tours, pantomimes and concerts the opportunity to perform.

Following a hugely successful pilot in September at Gold Care Homes – Acton Care Centre, where Connect2you brought joy and delight to the faces of the residents and care workers, receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback, The Fremantle Trust Care Homes are hosting a series of performances starting later this month kicking off the official launch of Connect2you.

Lisa Denning founder of Connect2you says “We want to take our shows to people of all ages across the UK who are shielding, vulnerable, isolated, or are not able to access the ‘new’ wave of on-line entertainment, whilst giving talented professional artists the opportunity to perform and be paid.

We will visit care homes, hospitals, hospices, respite centres, day centres, homeless shelters, food banks and more to reach out to people and communities of all ages who will benefit live outdoor shows especially created for each audience to include music, comedy, ‘celebrity anecdotes’ and individual segments and video messages. We know that specific songs not only give pleasure to all but can be invaluable for dementia sufferers”.

Connect2you will continue to operate through the winter, but if the weather is too severe or an area goes into total lockdown, the show will be rescheduled for the first available opportunity.

Audiences in care homes, hospitals, hospices or sheltered accommodation will be able to see and hear the live performances through open doors and windows and if they can’t be outside and live feeds can be facilitated to screens inside, plus the show can also be streamed to friends and family in their own homes too.

During the Christmas season Connect2you will include carol singing, mini panto sketches and Father Christmas with his elves to add extra seasonal cheer up and down the country including children’s hospitals.

Companies can get involved by sponsoring live shows in the social care sectors, donating goods and by booking Connect2you for their staff or customers to enjoy. 

Connect2You relies on donations and partners to help this important work happen. There are many ways you can get involved with Connect2you to find out more visit and follow us on Twitter@connect2_you  Instagram @conn.ect2you Facebook @ Connect2You and Linked In to make a donation []click here  

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Iris Theatre, the resident theatre company of the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden, today announces the appointment of Charlotte Lund as Executive Director working alongside Artistic Director Paul-Ryan Carberry. She takes up her role immediately.

Charlotte Lund said today, “Iris Theatre has always been a unique place for artists, in particular those in the early stages of their careers and I’m really excited to work with Paul-Ryan and the team to continue to grow and expand the companies offering. I look forward to further developing our START and PLATFORM programmes over the coming months, supporting bold, inventive and inspiring theatre makers and finding new ways to reach audiences in this challenging time. We’re hugely grateful to our amazing audiences and patrons for their generous donations through the summer and their ongoing support as we continue to secure Iris’ future.”

Paul-Ryan Carberry, Artistic Director of Iris Theatre, also commented, “I’m so delighted to be welcoming Charlotte to our team here at Iris Theatre. Charlotte carries with her an incredible passion for artist development and I’m really looking forward to working alongside such a talented producer and facilitator. Together, we will continue to battle through this crisis ensuring that Iris Theatre will always be a home for early-career artists in the heart of central London.”

Sofi Berenger, Chair of the Board, added, “If there is one thing Iris Theatre has proved over the last year, it’s that we refuse to stand still or be defeated. We are delighted to welcome Charlotte to our Iris family. Her experience and passion for nurturing theatre makers looking to establish careers within the industry is undeniable and makes her a perfect fit for our charity. I am very excited for the future of the organisation under this leadership team – if I were you, I’d watch this space.”

Charlotte Lund is an independent creative producer with over 10 years’ experience working in the UK and internationally. She has worked with some of the UK’s leading companies including Tall Stories, Fuel, Punchdrunk and Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, as well as producing large scale community projects with The National Trust and with remote communities in Spain. Lund specialises in international touring and artist development, working with independent artists and theatre makers around the world to develop exciting, innovative opportunities and platforms for new work. Making theatre accessible and affordable is a key component of her work, from designing and implementing access strategies and programmes for companies, working with Mousetrap Theatre Projects on their relaxed performances in the West End and producing work with and for neuro-diverse artists and audiences.


Iris Theatre is a charity and the resident theatre company of the Actors’ Church, committed to developing artists early in their careers. As well as its long-running outdoor summer season, Iris presents new work through the year at the Actors’ Church and creates opportunities for training for artists of all backgrounds and disciplines through its PLATFORM and START programmes.

Facebook:           /IrisTheatre

Twitter:               @iristheatre

Instagram:          iris_theatre

Known affectionately as the Actors’ Church because of its long association with the theatre community, St Paul’s is located in the heart of the West End on Covent Garden Piazza. Designed by the theatre designer and architect Inigo Jones and built in 1633, St Paul’s serves as the Parish Church of Covent Garden and much of Theatreland. As well as Iris’s events, the church hosts a wide variety of theatre, memorial services and concerts, totalling around 300 events a year.

Facebook:          /IrisTheatre

Twitter:               @iristheatre

Instagram:         iris_theatre

Industry Minds Awards to be held at Hope Mill Theatre in November

The Industry Minds Awards 2020 will be held on Monday 30th November 2020 at
The Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.
The ceremony will be hosted by Industry Minds & The Hope Mill Theatre Patron
Denise Welch, who is a leading advocate for mental health in the arts industry.
For the second year, the ceremony will recognise those pioneering and furthering
mental and physical health in the creative arts.

The ceremony will welcome a socially distanced audience into The Hope Mill
Theatre to celebrate, support and raise awareness for mental health in the creative
arts. The ceremony will further be live streamed to ensure everyone can access
this years awards.

Joseph Houston, Artistic Director of Hope Mill Theatre said:

“We are so thrilled to be hosting this years Industry Minds Awards at Hope
Mill Theatre. We have long admired and supported the work that the Industry
Minds teams have been doing within our currently fragile industry, supporting
new graduates as well as offering mental health support. It has been the
toughest year our Industry has faced in a lifetime and being able to offer
something positive at this time, as well as something that celebrates the
amazing work many in our industry have continued to do is so important. It is
also very special to have our own Patron and industry minds advocate
Denise Welch hosting.”

Founders Scarlett Maltman & Cathy Read said:

“We are delighted to still be able to run the awards this year as we feel awareness
of mental health is needed more than ever right now.
We are equally delighted to be hosting the ceremony at The Hope Mill Theatre in
Manchester. We were welcomed to The Hope Mill in January by founders Joseph
and William Whelton where we ran our first mental health seminar of the
year, so to end the year with the awards is very significant to us, especially in the
current climate.”

Alongside other mental health charities, The Industry Minds Patron and Trustee
Committee will finalise this years shortlist and winners. Nominees will be
announced at the beginning of November.

The evening will include special guest performances from Northern talent and 2020
graduates. Further details on this will be announced later this month.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 5th at 5pm. All tickets will be available by
visiting The Hope Mill Theatre Website: