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Vicky Featherstone

Vicky Featherstone

Vicky Featherstone joined the Royal Court as Artistic Director in January 2013. Her most recent work is co-directing the Royal Court/National Theatre Wales co-production of Ed Thomas’ On Bear Ridge, which opens at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff before running at the Royal Court in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in October 2019.

At the Court she has recently directed Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland, a co-production with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin which also ran at the Public Theater in New York, and which she first directed in 2016.

Previous directing at the Royal Court includes Anoushka Warden’s My Mum’s a Twat (as co-director); Simon Longman’s Gundog; Natal’ya Vorozhbit’s Bad Roads; Chris Thorpe’s Victory Condition; Alistair McDowall’s X; Zinnie Harris’s How to Hold Your Breath; Molly Davies’s award-winning God Bless the Child; Maidan: Voices from the Uprising; Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract; Dennis Kelly’s The Ritual Slaughter of George Mastromas; Ali McDowall’s Talk Show; Nicole Beckwith’s Untitled Matriach Play and The President Has Come to See You by Georgian playwright Lasha Bugadze.

Her other work includes the NToS production of Lee Hall’s Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at the National Theatre and on tour; Enquirer, An Appointment with the Wicker Man; 27; The Wheel; Somersaults (National Theatre of Scotland); The Small Things; Pyrenees; On Blindness; Tiny Dynamite; Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco; Splendour; and Crave (Paines Plough).

Vicky was Artistic Director of Paines Plough 1997-2005 and was the founding Artistic Director of The National Theatre of Scotland 2005-2012. She began her career at West Yorkshire Playhouse and in television.

Rosie Hamilton-McGinty

Rosie Hamilton-McGinty

Hi, my name is Rosie Hamilton-McGinty and Founder of A Winning Attitude Program of Character & Attitude Development.

I was introduced to Roundabout Dramatherapy Charity some years ago and I was blown away by the dedication of the team and the work they do for all age groups within the Community via Schools, Day Centres, Residential Homes and Nurseries.

They really do change people’s lives. Truly amazing!

Dave Hearn

Dave Hearn

Hi, my name is Dave and I am a founding member of Mischief Theatre, I was introduced to dramatherapy by Roundabout and was blown away by the amazing work they do.

Mischief and I will continue to support them in any way we can.

Dave Hearn
Founding Member of Mischief Theatre

Picture is of Dave Hearn and Roundabout dramatherapists Lina and Tim

Tim Townsend

Tim Townsend

“Having had the pleasure of working for Roundabout for 13 years it was with a heavy heart that I left to start a new chapter in Somerset.

Although I am many miles away I still remain in contact with Roundabout and I am proud to say that I was part of the organisation. Roundabout is a unique charity that works tirelessly to support and engage those who are most in need.

My hope would be that the service that Roundabout provides and the way the therapists work is not a rarity but rather it becomes the norm within schools and establishments and reaches those most in need”.

Hilco Capital

Hilco Capital

Hilco Capital have made a donation of £1,000 to Roundabout.

Every year, Hilco makes a charitable donation in lieu of printing and posting paper Christmas cards to their clients. Instead, they sent a Christmas email with a banner promoting Roundabout and made a donation of £1,000.

A huge THANK YOU from all of us at Roundabout.

https://www.hilcocapital.com

Mischief Theatre Supports Roundabout

Mischief Theatre Supports Roundabout

A big thank you to the cast, crew and audience at The Play That Goes Wrong who carried out a bucket collection for Roundabout in February 2019 raising a wonderful £1,946.55.

Our thanks to the team at The Bank Robbery, who also carried out bucket collections for Roundabout in June 2019 raised a huge  £1720.90.

Our thanks to Dave Hearn from Mischief Theatre for arranging for this.

https://mischieftheatre.co.uk

The Wolf Run

The Wolf Run

We would like to say a huge thank you to the brilliant ‘Wolf pack’. These trainees from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama took on and completed the Wolf Run in September 2018 – it was an epic run and assault course through hills, mud and water.

They said, “We are all bumped and bruised but everyone overcame personal obstacles along the way and the collective strength of the group was phenomenal!”

Thank you to Lynn who went along to cheer them on, the group particularly appreciated the cupcakes! The total raised so far is a staggering £1,235.00 We are very grateful to have such support from the next generation of dramatherapists.

https://thewolfrun.com/

Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of Help

We were selected to receive a grant from the Tesco’s Bags For Life Scheme.

The token voting took place in Croydon stores throughout November and December 2018 and we were fortunate to receive a grant of £3920.00 for dramatherapy sessions at a Croydon Junior School.

Storytelling Open Mic

Storytelling Open Mic

A big thank you to  the dramatherapy from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama students who raised £95 for Roundabout at their storytelling fundraising in December 2018.

https://www.cssd.ac.uk/

Three Peaks Challenge

Three Peaks Challenge

In order to raise funds for Roundabout, a team of 8 took part in the Three Peaks Challenge on July 9th 2018.

Starting at 4pm our Superhero Team: Tim Haythorne, Richard Handley, Will Richardson, Ollie Swinburn, Adam Montgomery, James Barker, Mark Haythorne, and Bernie Handley climbed Ben Nevis (1344m), then travelled to climb Scafell Pike (978m) in the Lake District (in the dark!), before finishing their challenge at Snowdon (1085m) all in 24 hours. A phenomenal achievement! Thank you to the Superhero Team, all their sponsors, Yellow Doors and CLIF Nutrition bars.

The team raised over £5,000 which enabled Roundabout to run sessions at:

Manor School – half a day for 8 weeks

Foresters School – half a day for 8 weeks

Acorn Lodge – half a day for 8 weeks

and Purchase 30 sets of Emotion Stones.

We were delighted the Kilburn Times online featured their challenge.

https://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/men-to-scale-the-three-peaks-challenge-for-pupils-in-kensal-rise-1-5094268

Martina Laird

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”

Matthew Spencer

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.”

Tanya Moodie

Tanya Moodie

After participating in a dramatherapy session at a south London school Tanya 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”

Tanya trained at RADA. Her many stage roles have included Rose in Fences for which she was nominated for Best Actress in the 2014 What’s On Stage Awards. For her performance as Esther in Intimate Apparel at Park Theatre, she was nominated for Best Actress at the 2014 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, as well as an Olivier 2015 nomination for Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre. That same year she was also nominated for an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre for her performance as Makeda in The House That Will Not Stand at the Tricycle Theatre. In 2017 she earned a Best Actress nomination at the UK Theatre Awards for her portrayal of Wiletta Mayer in Trouble In Mind. Television includes the role of Agatha Wilson in the Sky One adaptation of The All Souls Trilogy- A Discovery of Witches. Tanya is a Patron of Roundabout Dramatherapy, Act For Change, and an Ambassador of Park Theatre. She is a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party. In searching for work that foregrounds women’s voices, she set up a production company (2not2) with playwright Sarah Rutherford.

Tim Townsend

Tim Townsend

Tim worked for roundabout from 2001 to 2014. In that time he worked with a number of different client groups but his main area of work was school based with children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum and those with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Tim now lives in Somerset and works as part of the Mandala Therapy and Play service for Barnardos.

“Having had the pleasure of working for Roundabout for 13 years it was with a heavy heart that I left to start a new chapter in Somerset. Although I am many miles away I still remain in contact with Roundabout and I am proud to say that I was part of the organisation.

Roundabout is a unique charity that works tirelessly to support and engage those who are most in need. My hope would be that the service that Roundabout provides and the way the therapists work is not a rarity but rather it becomes the norm within schools and establishments and reaches those most in need”.

Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy writes novels, plays and short stories, she is a theatre director, and is leading Fun Palaces – the nationwide project of engagement in arts and sciences for all – in October 2014.

“I believe in the value of theatre on a very profound level – not simply as something to engage in as a maker, or to sit back and watch as an audience, but as an agent for change.

We have, as human beings, always told stories, shared stories, listened to the stories of others. There is no human culture that doesn’t do this. What happens when we share ourselves in this way, in a safe space, is that we find a narrative with which to hold the messy, dangerous, glorious, hopeful and heart-breaking nature of our lives. All too often the possibility of theatre as a tool for living is denied to any but the already-privileged. ANYTHING that makes the work of sharing, of listening, of creating, available to others, and available to those who most need it, is hugely worthy of support.

I support Roundabout for making a difference where a difference is most needed.”