JST Pre Show Debate

Every good play starts a conversation. We're delighted to bring you JST Pre Show Debate - a wide-ranging series of discussions, talkbacks, interviews and more.

The discussion will last for approximately one hour, starting with a conversation with our panel, followed by audience questions and plenty of food for thought. Entry is free and you can reserve your seat by emailing boxoffice@jermynstreettheatre.co.uk








How do we use drama to amplify and platform a campaign? How can the power of storytelling be used for social and political change? What are the intricacies and complications that arise when doing this?

This question is inspired by our current production of Laughing Boy. In her memoir, Justice for Laughing Boy, Sara Ryan presents a frank, sometimes funny and touching account of her son’s early life and preventable death and unfolding JusticeforLB campaign.

Our Panellists are:

Sara Ryan is Connor Sparrowhawk's mother and a Professor of Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University. She wrote the memoir, Justice for Laughing Boy: Connor Sparrowhawk - A Death by Indifference, upon which the play is based. Her scholar activism, working with people with learning disabilities, autistic people, family carers and their allies, is gently guided and shaped by Connor and numerous other young people who should still be with us.

Kate Duffy-Syedi is co-Artistic Director of Phosphoros, a refugee theatre company that makes bold and surprising performance with 16-25 year olds who have experience of the asylum system. Kate leads on Community Engagement, including running a youth theatre, leadership training and workshop programme for refugee youth. She is also an researcher and educator, and her PhD research at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama explores performance of refugee testimony and care. She lectures in applied and social theatre, often with a migration focus.

Anna Ryder is a UK based freelance theatre director. She was our 22/23 Carne Deputy Director. She is interested in politically and socially engaged work. She is interested in narratives that explore our relationship with power, class and gender, and that interrogate the social structures that maintain inequality and violence within our society. She has worked with companies such as the RSC; Live Theatre; Paines Plough; Northern Stage; Manchester Royal Exchange; The Bush; New Writing North and Mortal Fools.











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