Petition to stop the prosecution of David Cecil

David Cecil in a court cell in Kampala. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

We call on the government of Uganda to stop the prosecution of David Cecil and to uphold the fundamental right to freedom of expression.

We write to express our concern over the prosecution of British theatre producer David Cecil by the Ugandan Media Council for producing the play ‘The River and the Mountain’. The play, which was staged in the Ugandan capital Kampala, chronicles the killing of a gay businessman by his staff. It has been highly praised for the tragicomic way it attempts to tackle widespread homophobia in Uganda where leading politicians wish to introduce the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” and gay rights activists such as David Kato have been murdered or beaten with impunity. In this climate, free speech is severely restricted. Uganda’s National Theatre rejected the play and the Media Council instructed Cecil not to stage it until state censors had gone through it. Bravely, he went ahead. He now faces 2 years if convicted for ignoring their orders. We call on the government of Uganda to stop the prosecution of David Cecil and to uphold the fundamental right to freedom of expression.


David Lan, Artistic Director, Young Vic

Mike Harris, Head of Advocacy, Index on Censorship

Mary Ann DeVlieg, Secretary General, IETM

Baroness  Helena Kennedy QC, former Chair of the British Council, Member of the House of Lords UK and leading Human Rights lawyer

Rachel Tackley, Director of English Touring Theatre and President of the Theatrical Management Association

Sir Richard Eyre

Stephen Fry

Vanessa Redgrave

Mark Rubinstein, Theatre Producer and President of the Society of London Theatre

Rt Hon James Purnell, former Secretary of State for Culture

Peter Brook

Hanif Kureishi

Michael Sheen OBE

Sandi Toksvig

Jane Horrocks

Tom Stoppard

Patrick Marber

Nick Starr, National Theatre

Nicholas Allot, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

Simon Callow

Bill Paterson

David Edgar, President of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain

Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons

Dame Harriet Walter

Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern

Malcolm Sinclair, President, Equity

Thelma Holt

Dominic Cooke, Artistic Director, RoyalCourtTheatre

Janet Suzman DBE

Jan Goossens, Artistic Director, KVS – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, Brussels

Mike Leigh, Dramatist & Film Director

Michael Boyd, former Artistic Director RSC

Juliet Stevenson

Joan Beveridge, Chair, Equity’s LGBT Committee

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater, NY

Judith Knight MBE, Director Artsadmin

David Whelton, Managing Director Philharmonia Orchestra

Declan Donnellan, Cheek By Jowl

Nick Ormerod, Cheek By Jowl

Ahmed            El Attar, Studio Emad Eddin Foundation – Cairo – Egypt

Jessica Hepburn, Executive Director, Lyric Hammersmith

Vicky Ireland MBE, Vice Chair, Action for Children’s Arts, Vice Chair England, Theatre for Young Audiences UK, Co Artistic Director, A Thousand Cranes Theatre

Jenny Topper OBE, SquareDeal Productions Ltd

David Micklem, Joint Artistic Director, Battersea Arts Centre

David Jubb, Joint Artistic Director & Chief Exec, Battersea Arts Centre

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

David Farr, Associate Director, RSC

Nelson Fernandez OBE, Director, NFA International Arts and Culture

Michael Pennington

Paul Heritage, Director, People’s Palace Projects

Yvette  Vaughan Jones, Chief Executive, Visiting Arts, Institute of Contemporary Arts

Melly Still, Theatre Director

Farooq Chaudhry, Producer, Akram Khan Company

Patrick McKenna, Chief Executive, Ingenious Media

David Harrower, Playwright

Dario Marianelli

Sir Norman Rosenthal

Pawel Potoroczyn, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw, Poland

Tanika Gupta, Playwright

Richard Jones

Patrice Chéreau

Henry Goodman

Hamish Glen, Artistic Director, The Belgrade Theatre.

Carrie Cracknell, Associate Director, YoungVicTheatre

Jeton Neziraj, Executive Director, Qendra Multimedia, Kosovo, Former Artistic Director of the National Theater of Kosovo

Josie Rourke, Artistic Director, Donmar Warehouse

Zoë Wanamaker

Gawn Grainger

Graham  Devlin CBE

Madani Younis, Artistic Director, Bush Theatre

Professor Gavin Henderson CBE, Principal, CentralSchool of Speech & Drama

Polly Teale, Artistic Director of Shared Experience Theatre

Michael  Stewart, Director, Open City Docs Festival

Joseph V Melillo, BrooklynAcademy of Music

Lucy Prebble

Anthony Sargent, General Director, The Sage Gateshead and Chair Elect, International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA)

Anthony Burton CBE, Partner at Simons Muirhead and Burton, Solicitors, London and Chair of RoyalCourtTheatre, London

Rufus Norris, Associate Director, National Theatre

April De Angelis

Lindsey Coulson

Charlotte Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Theatre Council (ITC)

David Almond, Author, playwright, Professor of Creative Writing, BathSpaUniversity

Neil Bartlett

Christine Payne, General Secretary, Equity

Martin Sherman

Nigel Cooke

Gordon House, Former Head of BBC Radio Drama

Wouter            Van Ransbeek, Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Kate Pakenham, Executive Producer, Donmar Warehouse

Maxyne Franklin, Director, BRITDOC Foundation

Dennis Kelly

Jonathan Dove, Composer

Natalia Kaliada, Belarus Free Theatre

Nikolai Khalezin, Playwright

Michael Codron CBE, Michael Codron Plays Limited

Orla O’Loughlin, Artistic Director, Traverse Theatre

Richard Johnston, Chief Executive, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres

David Pugh, Independent Theatre Producer

Dafydd            Rogers, Independent Theatre Producer

Ruth Mackenzie

Lindsay Duncan

Nina Hajiyianni, Chair TYA UK/Artistic Director Action Transport Theatre

Professor Michael Adler

Professor Paul  Hamilton, Head of Department of English, Queen Mary University of London

Allegra Galvin, Programme Director, Parabola Arts Centre

Rachael Gilmour, Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Nadia Valman, Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature School of English and Drama Queen Mary, University of London

Fleur Melbourn, Freelance designer and artist

Guy Snapper, National Association for the Teaching of English

Professor Isabel Rivers, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Jen Harvie, Drama Department, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Antonio Molina-Vázquez, Director, Spain NOW!

Alex Lanipekun, Actor

Emily Fletcher

John Van Burek, Artistic Director, Pleiades Theatre, Toronto

Ruth Daniel, Director, Un-Convention

Chris Kelham, Actor

Bill Winters, RenshawBay

Bjarni  Jónsson, playwright/producer LÓKAL International Theatre Festival Reykjavík

Jodi Myers

Dan Boyden, Programme Manager, ACT Change!

Jonathan Lloyd, Artistic Director, Polka Children’s Theatre

Lisa Goldman, Theatre Director and writer

Stephen Unwin, Artistic Director, RoseTheatre, Kingston

Jacqui Honess-Martin, Artistic Director, InSite Performance

Jiaxuan Hon

Professor James Thompson, Professor of Applied and Social Theatre, University of Manchester

Jonathan Reekie, Chief Executive, Aldeburgh Music

Joseph W Alford, Artistic Director, Theatre O

Dr Nadia Davids, Lecturer in Drama, Department of Drama, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Sean Foley

Dr Nicholas Ridout, Queen Mary University of London

Sylvan Baker, People’s Palace Projects

Hannah Quigley

Mervyn Millar, Artistic Director, Handspring Puppet Company UK

Ela Monaco, Head of Production, Wiener Festwochen GmbH

Diane Borger, Producer, American Repertory Theater

Noa Maxwell, Director, Noa Maxwell Associates Ltd

William            Oldroyd

Nick Palliser, Noa Maxwell Associates

Alexi Kaye Cambell, Playwright

Nikola Kodjabashia, Composer, Theatre Musical Director, Performer

Cllr James Barber, Liberal Democrat councillor for East Dulwich

Alison Tickell, Chief Executive, Julie’s Bicycle

Cllr David Noakes, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Cathedrals Ward, Opposition Spokesperson for Health and Adult Care, Vice-Chair of Health and Adult Care, Communities and Citizenship Scrutiny Committee, Vice-Chair of Borough & Bankside and Walworth Community Council

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Jean Nicholson, General Manager, Birmingham Opera Company

Karen McHugh

Sue Parish, Artistic Director, Sphinx Theatre Company

Thomas O Kriegsmann, President, ArKtype, Brooklyn, NY

Chuck Mike, Collective Artistes

Petia Tzanova, Cardboard Citizens

Antonia Reed-Felstead, Actor

Becky Martin, Producer Lyric Young Company, Lyric Hammersmith

Dan Jones, Joint Artistic Director, Sound&Fury Theatre Company

Adrian Jackson, CEO and Artistic Director, Cardboard Citizens

Ramin Gray, Artistic Director, Actors Touring Company

Kat Joyce, Co-Artistic Director, Tangled Feet

Nathan Curry, Co-Artistic Director, Tangled Feet

Anna Lane, Lane Consulting

Stephen Crampton-Hayward, Managing Director, Whitechapel Gallery

Kevin Fitzmaurice, Producer, RSC

Bailey Lock, Producer, Lyric Hammersmith

Tim Foster, Partner, Foster Wilson Architects

Nicola Thorold, World Stages London

Adam Low

Dominique Le Gendre, Composer

Maggie Lunn, Maggie Lunn Casting Ltd CDG

James Bierman, Executive Producer, Michael Grandage Company

Rosie Hunter, Executive Director, People’s Palace Projects, Co-Chair, Independent Theatre Council.

Femi Elufowoju, jr, Actor & Theatre Director

Jenny Stoller

Paul Mayersberg

Patrick Handley, Partner, Brunswick Group LLP

Matt Peover, LAMDA

Fiona Baxter, Associate Director, Farnham Maltings

Benedict Andrews

Henry Little, Chief Executive, Orchestras Live

Paul Arditti, Paul Arditti Sound Design Ltd

Alan Rivett, Director, Warwick Arts Centre

Dr Martin Smith, Formerly chair, Young Vic Theatre Company, Special Adviser, Ingenious

Che Walker

Kirsty Hoyle, Unicorn Theatre, Society of London Theatre

Christopher Rodriguez, Executive Producer, Talawa

Talawa Theatre Company

Warwick Arts Centre

Stage Management Association

Tara Wilkinson, Producer, Paines Plough

David Buckland, Director, Cape Farewell, The ScienceMuseum’s Dana Centre

Steve   Tompkins, Haworth Tompkins architects

Hamish Jenkinson, Director, Old Vic Tunnels

Amber Massie-Blomfield,

James Farncombe

Joanna Kennedy, Chair, Unicorn Theatre

Chris Elwell, Director/CEO, Half Moon

Dusty Hughes, Playwright

Mara Isaacs, Producing Director, McCarterTheatreCenter, Princeton, New Jersey

Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy

Matt Burman, Head of Programme & Audiences, Warwick Arts Centre

Ellie Raymont, Streetwise Opera

Richard Hudson

Elaine Romero, Playwright

Ben Eaton, Invisible Flock

Victoria Pratt, Invisible Flock

Richard Warburton, Invisible Flock

Gwen  Van Spijk, Executive Director of Lone Twin

Nicky Gathorne-Hardy

Kyle Soller

Jude Akuwudike

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd

Donna Munday, Director of Theatre Production, Working Title Films/Billy Elliot

Jonathan Chambers, Actor

Walter  Bilderback, Dramaturg, The WilmaTheater, Philadelphia, PA

Angela McSherry, Arts Producer/Consultant

Wyllie Longmore

Kate Tyndall, Arts Consultant

Jean-Marc  Puissant, Set and Costume Designer, Freelance

Mark Nelson, Actor, Professor of Theater at Princeton University, New Jersey

Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Independent filmmaker

SueSummers, Finestripe Productions

Cecile Quinney

Yael Loewenstein, Independent theatre practitioner

Thomas Jenkins, Thomas Jenkins Associates

Michael Morris, Co-Director, Artangel

Tilmann Broszat, Festival Director SPIELART Munich, Germany. Organisation: Spielmotor Muenchen e.V.

Susanne Gelles, Referentin des Intendanten, Wiener Festwochen GesmbH

Matthias Pees, Head of Dramaturgy, Wiener Festwochen

Judy Daish, Judy Daish Associates Ltd

Kate Fahy, Actor and Director

Estelle Longmore, Intergen CIC

William            Ayot, Director, NaCOT (National Centre for the Oral Tradition)

Joe Bettles, New York Actor

Andrew Wood, Executive Director, San Francisco International Arts Festival

Lesa Dryburgh, Director, Stop The Pigeon

Jane Mason

Griselda Yorke, Executive Producer, Punchdrunk

Caroline Forsyth, Unicorn Theatre

Josie Dixon, Lucian Consulting

Rowan Rutter, Co-Producer, The Yard

Joseph W Hocking, AKA Ltd, London

Jonathan Meth, Curator, the fence

Adam Coleman, Head of Young People’s Strategy, Lyric Hammersmith

Phil Bateman

Lizzi Gee

Jibbe Willems, Playwright (The Netherlands)

Mark Thomson, Artistic Director, Royal Lyceum Theatre

Peter Eyre

Fred Fortas, Member of Fence

Beki Bateson, Executive Director, LIFT

Matthew Byam Shaw,Playful Productions

Róise Goan, Director, Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland

Mark MacNicol, Playwright

Pawel  Pawlikowski, Freelance Film Maker

Andras Gerevich, Freelance Poet and Playwright, Hungary

Steve  Mannix, Freelance

Jamie Gahlon, Center for the TheaterCommons, EmersonCollege, BostonMA

Mattew            Schmolle

Peter Rowe, Artistic Director, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Joey Hateley, TransAction Theatre

Toby Clarke, Head of Performing Arts, Oval House

Sian Alexander, Executive Director, Bush Theatre

Annie Hemingway


Carrie Thomas, Clean Break

Jill Green, Jill Green Casting, Co-ordinator for Women’s Human Rights, Mayfair and Soho Amnesty Group, Trustee for IceandFire/Actors for Human Rights

Sam Hodges, Criterion Theatre

Bethan Dear, Jackdaw

Rick Fisher, Lighting Designer

Peter-Frank Dewulf

Felicity Davidson, Tamasha Theatre Company

Roxanne Peak-Payne, The OldVicTheatre

Kaijah McMahon, Central School of Speech and Drama

Linda Jane  Devlin

Jim Johnson, Artistic Director and CEO, Peshkar Productions

Gabriel Rodriguez

Amy Letman, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Mimi Jordan Sherin, Theatrical Lighting Designer

Zoe Farmer, CaliforniaCollege of Art

Philippa Wilkinson, HighTide Festival Theatre

Peter Arnot, Council member Scottish Society of Playwrights

Stef Smith, Council member Scottish Society of Playwrights

David Leddy, Council member Scottish Society of Playwrights

Kieran Hurkey, Council member Scottish Society of Playwrights

Alan MacKendrick, Council member Scottish Society of Playwrights

Lewis Heatherington, Council member Scottish Society of Playwrights

Anamaria Marinca, Actress

Blanka Zizka, Artistic Director, The WilmaTheater, Philadelphia, PA

Alexandra Wood

Steven Atkinson, Artistic Director, HighTide Festival Theatre

Ric Watts, Unlimited Theatre

Titania Krimpas, Writer/Director/Dramaturg

Mark Yeoman, Artistic Director, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, NL

Jennifer Burraston, Actress

Steve Ball, Associate Director, Birmingham REP Theatre, UK

Emilie Beck, Co-Literary Manager, The Theatre @ Boston Court

Zoe Hurwitz, RoyalCourtTheatre

Nick Borsack

Carl Miller

Stefanos Constantinou, Managing Director, 5C Digital Limited

Francesca Clark Producer, HighTide Festival Theatre

Ian Nicholson, Director

J.Stephen Brantley, Artistic Director, Hard Sparks

Adrian  Stokes, Theatre Director/Actor

Jenifer Landor

Andy Hayles, Charcoalblue LLP

DC Jackson

Tim Thomson

Harry Burton

Marco Gambino, WOH Productions Ltd

Shelagh McLeod

Undule Mwakasungula, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) Malawi

Leonie Kubigsteltig, Schauspiel, Frankfurt

Andrea            Mason

David Calder, Former Board Member, YoungVicTheatre

Gary Everett, Artistic Director, Homotopia Liverpool UK

Natatlie Richardson, Freelance Producer, Living Structures, The Awake Project and Trestle

Maia DeSanti, Actress

Kaite O’Reilly

Geoffrey Smith, Film Director

Pat Trueman, Theatre Director

Thomas Ostermeier, Schaubuehne, Berlin

Leo  Wood, Independent Productions

Patrick Morgan

Nimer Rashed, Playwright/Filmmaker

David Sawer

Lu Kemp, Freelance Director

Zayd Dohrn, Northwestern University

Tarlan Rasulov, General Manager of YUG Theatre (Azerbaijan)

Nina Lyndon, Freelance Theatre Producer

Francesca Simon

Jamie Wood, The FreQuency D’Ici

Betty Simpson

Raj Bhari, Director,Talk for a Change

Adam Ganz

Ann Mitchell

Dan Rebellato, Professor of Theatre, RoyalHollowayUniversity of London

Cora Bissett

Pippa Bailey, Freelance Producer/Director

Ian MacNeil

John Fulljames, Royal Opera House

Anna Mackmin, Freelance theatre director.

Tim Etchells, Artistic Director, Forced Entertainment

Maria Vigar

Barrie Keeffe

Anne K.Holmes, Education Director, The WilmaTheater, Philadelphia, PA

Jo Harry

Sean Buckley

Sue Lefton

Viktor   Svaikovskij, World Wide Workshop, Royal Exchange Theatre

Stewart Laing, Artistic Director, Untitled Projects

Blandine Pélissier

Jim Pope, Co-Artistic Director, Playing On

Ags Irwin, freelance producer/fundraiser

Lucy Kirkwood, freelance writer

Nathanial Martello-White, Writer/actor Young Vic

Rebecca Gilman, Associate Professor, Northwestern University Member, Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union

Rich Rubin , Producing Artistic Director, Quince Productions

Joe Ahearne

Jack Thorne

Indra Ove, Actress

Maria Delgado, Queen Mary, University of London & Chair ATC

Catherine Silverstone

Mania Akbari

Leonie Mellinger, Actor

Kumiko Mendl, Artistic Director, Yellow Earth

Matthew Dunster, Associate Artist Young Vic

Rose Fenton, Director, Free Word

Maria Oshodi, Extant

Christopher Borg, The New York Neo-Futurists

Jack Lowe, Artistic Director, curious directive

Zawe Ashton, Actress

Eileen Vilka, For Those in Need

Alexander Zeldin, Theatre Director

Krupa Pattani

Michael Smythe, NOMAD and Old Vic Tunnels

Peter Kosminsky, Writer/Director, Stonehenge Films

Hugo Plowden

Clara Giraud, Independent Producer

Lydia Stryk

Michael England, Freelance Music Director

Claire Rosser

Steven Cheshire

Alison Halit, Performing Arts Producer and Consultant

Tim Hatley

Alicia Clements, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Western Australia.

Sam Boardman-Jacobs, A.D. Found Reality Theatre, Cardiff

Toby  Brown, M.D. Found Reality Theatre, Cardiff

Dick Bird, Freelance Stage Designer

Clare Birks, Birks Holden

Heather Redfern, Executive Director, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre

Vivienne Griffin

Ally Capellino

David Fletcher, Chair of the Executive Board of the Young Vic

Elaine Henson, freelance musician and teacher, member of The Musician’s Union.

Valerie Bird, Havant Literary Festival

Thomas Frank, Artistic directior and general manager,Koproduktionshaus Wien GmbH

Gabriel Gbadamosi

Martin Travers, Scottish Society of Playwrights

Han Duijvendak, Producer/Director HANDSTAND Productions Liverpool

Sue Cockerill

Paula Jenkinson

Brian Bishop, Education Director, Warwick Arts Centre

Henriette Baker, Theatre of Europe

Claire Summers, Exim Dance Company

Christopher Slagmuylder, Director, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels

Anna Ledgard, Independent Theatre Producer and Educationalist

Sue Williams, Executive Director, Unity Theatre Liverpool

Claudia Jazz Haley, Freelance Creative Practitioner

Rachel Salmon

Helen Cooper, Writer/Librettist

Jennifer Kharibian

Danny Braverman, Theatre Director and Writer

Christof Belka, Dresden State Theatre (Staatsschauspiel Dresden)

Katie Bradford, Head of Integrated Production, Fallon

Oliver Scott, Director, Mercurial Dance Ltd

Jeni  Draper, The Fingersmiths Ltd

Niels Ewerbeck, Artistic and Managing Director, Mousonturm

Richard Oyarzabal, Executive Director, Spare Tyre

Miriam Buether, Theatre Designer working for Miriam Buether Limited

Susie McKenna, Creative Director, Hackney Empire

Rachel Mars, Performance Artist and Producer

Ruby Diamond, Equalities Committee, Equity UK

Jon Refsdal Moe, Artistic and General Director, Black Box Teater, Oslo

Liz  Kessler

Tiffany Powell, Producer, Lyric Hammersmith

Ben Ellis, Playwright

Vicki Grace

Ralph Brown

Jenny  Jules

Nick Wass, Artistic Associate (Literary), Tricycle

Phil Osment, Playwright/Director

Sarah Barnfield, Price Gardner Management Ltd.

Sally Preston, actress

Jessica Higgs, Freelance Theatre Voice Coach

Bella Williams, Tricycle Theatre

Simon Heawood

Oliver Meers, Artistic Director, Northern Ireland Opera

Bush Hartshorn, Artistic Director, Dansehallerne

Kosha Engler, Actress

Jo Cowen, Equity Member

Vanessa Lee, Freelance voice actress/writer/producer

Christopher Middleton, Equity Member

Robert Fox

Kate Williams, Actor

Reeda Harris, Actor

Emma Garrett, Actress

Holly Conneely, Tricycle Theatre

James Foran, Tricycle Theatre

Bill Nash

Sean Egan, Bates Wells & Braithwaite

Trevor White

Richard Truss

Michelle Lawrence, Director, Link Up (UK)

Abigail Thaw

Elizabeth Freestone, Artistic Director, Pentabus Theatre

Emma Faulkner, Freelance Theatre Director

Federay Holmes, Literary Associate, The Factory

Simon Heap, Director, Made100 Limited

Paul Baldwin

Katherine Fry

Caryne Chapman Clark, Freelance Theatre and Development Practitioner

Alex Hassell, The Factory

James Yarker, Artistic Director, Stan’s Cafe

Vanessa Baptista

Keith Osborn, Actor

Jan Needle

Natalie Macaluso, Assistant Producer, Criterion Theatre

Natasha Stevenson, NSM Ltd

Jennifer Withers, NSM Ltd

Michael Fry, East 15 ActingSchool

Adam Venus, Actor

Dean Paul Gibson

Miranda Bell, Mercury Theatre

Gareth Kieran Jones, Actor

Per Ananiassen, Artistic Director, Teaterhuset Avant Garden, Norway

Geraldine Alexander

Simon Dowe, Interim Chief Executive, The Sussex Beacon

Amy Hodge

Poppy Keeling, Complicite

Charlotte  Asprey

Jo Trainor, StageWon

CJ de Mooi, BBC

Sean Lapham

Stephen Daly, Lyric Hammersmith

Penny Dyer

Adam Brooke, Actor

Matthew Xia, Freelance Director / Journalist / Composer

Miranda Cook, Equity member and Equity LGBT Committee member

Pete Lawson, Playwright and TV writer

Kate Flatt, Choreographer and teacher RoyalBalletSchool

Joe Bateson, Morton Bates Arts Services

Stuart Goldsmith, Stand-Up Comedian

Cory Hippolyte

Gemma           Lloyd, Act Up

Georgia Lester

Debra Hauer

Martina  Geßner, Hebbel-TheaterBerlin

Anoushka Lucas, Singer and Composer

Stephanie Courtney, Founder, Fortune’s Fool Productions, Dublin, Ireland

Susan Dickinson

Gavin Barlow, Chief Executive/Artistic Director, The Albany

Belinda Clisham, Scenic Artist

Eleanor Howell, Actress

John May, John May Management

Tim Baynes

Sophie Austin, Artistic Director, Teatro Vivo

Judy Ryde, Director of The Trauma Foundation South West, Bristol

Katarzyna Maicher, Song of the Goat Theatre, Poland

Tayo Aluko, Nigerian-born Actor, Writer, Singer

Nicole Abraham

Richard Pryal, Actor, Young Vic

Becky Weymouth, Dewynters Ltd

Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Neale Pirie

Angus Jackson, Associate Director, Chichester Festival Theatre

James Turnbull

Darren John Langford, Artistic Director Men in Dressing Gowns Ltd

Bundle Weston

Tony Weston

Kat Lorenz

Charlotte Moore

Laura Thomson

Phillip Breen, Theatre Director, RSC

Simon Shimell, Dewynters Ltd

Prue Skene, Chair, Free Word

David Evans, Head of Production, National Theatre Wales

Zoe Waites, Actor

Pandora Colin, Actor

Sarah Jane Leigh, Freelance Theatre Producer

Chris Nayak, Actor

Ranulf Kinloch-Jones, Price Gardener

Candice Edmunds, Artistic Director, Vox Motus

Michael Ratcliffe

Howard Lichterman

Celia Robertson, Actor

Mary Elliot Nelson, Nelson Browne Management Ltd

Beatrix Campbell, Writer and Broadcaster

Anna Poole

Jonty Stephens, Actor

Sarah Hall, Managing Director, Dewynters Ltd

Clare Summerskill, Artemis Theatre Company

Simon Muller, Factory Theatre

Neil Bull, Freelance Theatre Director

Penny Cherns

Simon Lacey, Company Manager, New Adventures

Nadja Dias, Freelance Producer / Candoco Dance Company

Dr Hank Willenbrink, Assistant Professor / University of Scranton, Department of English and Theatre

Samantha Lawson

Philip Goulding, Playwright

Topher Campbell, Artistic Director, The Red Room

Matt Fishel, Hamilton Hodell Ltd

Christian Hodell, Hamilton Hodell Ltd

Michael Symons, Hamilton Hodell Ltd

Louise Donald, Hamilton Hodell Ltd

India Sinclair, Hamilton Hodell Ltd

Christopher Farrar, Hamilton Hodell Ltd

Alexander Cooke, Hamilton Hodell Ltd

Madeleine Charman, Hamilton Hodell Ltd

Adam Hogan, Hamilton Hodell Ltd

Gordon Cummings, Clavering Players

Imogen Slaughter

Paul Oswell, Freelance journalist

Gareth Evans, Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery

Mark Babych, Theatre and Film Director

Katie Langridge Knight Hall Agency

James Seabright, Producer, Seabright Productions

Louise Chantal, Producer, Louise Chantal Productions

Janet Steel, Artistic Director, Kali Theatre Company



Laia Gasch, Independent Creative Producer

Jennie Walden Cook

Clemmie Sveaas, Freelance Performer

Adam Barnard, Joint Director, Company of Angels

Daryl Beeton, Artistic Director, Kazzum

Asma Hussain, Theatre Royal Stratford East

Lidia Ziemke, Director + Dramaturg, Schaubuehne Berlin

Gareth Nicholls, Imaginate Artist in residence

Kerry Shale, Actor

Sasha Pick, Actor

Olivette, Cole-Wilson, Equity

Kirsty Doubleday, Dewynters Ltd

Conall Quinn, Three Streets Theatre Company

Virginia Leaver, Producer, Company of Angels

Christine Bacon, Artistic Director of ice&fire theatre

Gina Isaac, Mercury Theatre Company

Kezia Burrows, Actress

Tobias Christopher

Robin Thompson, Double R Design Ltd

Sara Langridge, Actress

Vanessa Fagan, Producer

Polly Highton

Paris Thomas-Robinson,  WorkPost

Ali Pottinger

Jessica Temple

Graham Waites, ExeterUniversityGraduateSchool of Education

Robert Price, Senior Voice Tutor, RADA

Gill Lloyd, Director, Artsadmin

Lynn Linsdale, The Trauma Foundation South West

Julie Wilkinson, Playwright, member of the Writer’s Guild and a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity

Sophie Toumazis, tpr media

Sarah Grace Logan, Author

and many, many more

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