Message of Support from Matthew Spencer
Matthew is an actor who was born and raised in Sussex and is now based in South London. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2005 he has mainly been working in theatre, appearing three times in the West End, in Bent, Nicholas Nickleby, Warhorse and most recently as Winston Smith 1984. He has toured the country and parts of the world taking theatre to places as far as Toronto, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington.
“I have close friends and relatives working as dramatherapists so have been fortunate to know about the great work that dramatherapy, and in particular Roundabout, does. It is vital that their work, which is done with people with a huge range of emotional, developmental and health related issues, is made more well known. Often there’s a misconception that dramatherapy is a thing done by actors, putting on plays with people with learning difficulties, and is seen as something that is a luxury rather than a necessity. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Having seen the results of what can be achieved to help people, dramatherapy is something that everyone, especially children, could benefit from. Giving a child a safe place to go once a week where the space is there to explore their feelings, in whatever way feels right for them, is essential.
Becoming a patron for Roundabout I hope that I can help with the awareness of this charity’s work and can highlight the importance of the hard work and dedication of the staff at Roundabout, and the brilliant help they offer to those in need.”
Message of Support from Tanya Moodie
We are delighted to announce that Tanya Moodie has become patron of Roundabout.Tanya trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has been a professional actor for the past 20 years, working with some of the world’s most prestigious theatrical companies including the RSC, The Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court, and with many masters in the field including Peter Brook, Sir Peter Hall and Edward Bond. She recently starred as Rose Maxson in ‘Fences’ in London’s West End to great critical acclaim.
She has appeared in popular television programs such as Sherlock and Prime Suspect, and is currently filming the feature film ‘Legacy’, produced by Noel Clarke, to be released in 2014. Tanya is also one of the RADA’s Associate Teachers, teaching and directing on various courses including the BA, RADA’s Saturday Youth Acting Workshops and for RADA’s Shakespeare Summer School. She is also a panel member for the RADA BA auditions.
“It was with a mix of surprise, honour and apprehension that I received Roundabout’s invitation to become a Patron of their brilliant and peerless organisation. I accepted without hesitation.” After participating in a dramatherapy session at a south London schoolTanya shared her thoughts with us.
“Diamonds are formed when carbon is placed under immense pressure for millions of years. The intense heat produced due to this pressure hardens the carbon into invaluable treasure.Every person benefitting from Dramatherapy, young or old, has at some point experienced immense pressure. Immense pressure can harden a heart and a life, making it hard to connect with our own feelings and desires, and to form relationships. During the session, I likened Dramatherapy to the process of recognising and transforming that immense pressure of their challenges and revealing the precious, diamond-like true aspects of their lives.
I have an unshakeable conviction in the complete effectiveness of Dramatherapy as a gentle, caring transformative therapeutic approach”
To read an interview with Tanya, click here
Message of Support from Martina Laird
We are delighted to announce Martina Laird has joined Tanya Moodie as patron of Roundabout. Martina has worked extensively in the industry as an actor She has recently completed a national tour of the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Moon On A Rainbow Shawl by Trinidadian playwright Errol John. Her theatre work also includes The Royal Shakespeare Company (The White Devil, Troilus and Cressida, Three Hours After Marriage), The Royal National Theatre (The Five Wives Of Maurice Pinder), The Almeida (All the Little Things We Crushed, Liquid Gold) The Royal Court (Breath Boom) and the Donmar Warehouse award winning production of Othello.
With vast experience of working in television, Martina is probably best known as the popular character Comfort Jones on BBC’s flagship drama Casualty. In her five years on the show she also won two acting awards for her work from the Michael Elliott Foundation and the BFM Awards. She was also nominated for an Evening Standard Award for her role in Moon On A Rainbow Shawl.
In addition to her acting, she has directed productions for stage (Sunshine, Fly Me To The Moon, Glen Gary Glen Ross). She has taught extensively on acting courses in London including at Arts Ed, Weekend Arts College, RADA and The Identity Group
After meeting with team members and participating in a session Martina said
“I was really honoured to be there. I was so impressed with the work. Such caring and skill from the leaders and the empowerment and trust of the students. You guys are doing such wonderful work”