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.
Next date: Wednesday 17 July @17.45pm

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


In The Voice of the Turtle we meet three people navigating the highs and lows of complicated relationships, both romantic and platonic.

Why are dysfunctional relationships so often featured in our storytelling? Do we lack the knowledge needed to have healthy relationships? Does storytelling affect the way we navigate our own relationships?


Panellists: Beth Steel, Dr Katherine Bejanyan and Jethro Compton

Beth Steel is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. Her most recent play, Till the Stars Come Down (National Theatre) was nominated for Best New Play at this year's Olivier Awards. Wonderland, her critically acclaimed second play, won her the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her plays include: Till the Stars Come Down (National Theatre); The House of Shades (Almeida Theatre). She was the National Theatre’s Writer in Residence and has screen projects in development with The Forge and Fable Pictures. Originally from Nottinghamshire, she is now based in London.

Dr. Kathrine Bejanyan is a practicing therapist specializing in the area of relationships and cross-cultural topics. Her practice focuses on working with individuals and couples on love, dating and relationship issues with an emphasis on building deeper intimacy, connection and authenticity in their love life. Outside of her private practice, Kathrine is a speaker, consultant, as well as a lecturer in psychology.

Jethro Compton is an independent theatre producer, director, designer, and a writer for stage and screen. His most notable work has been the musical stage adaptation of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Internationally, his work has been presented across the globe, including over one hundred productions in the USA and Canada of his adaptation of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. In Vienna, Jethro directed and designed German language productions of his own writing between 2017 and 2022. His work has been presented in South Korea in numerous productions since 2015.

Jethro was Producer and Co-Artistic Director of Belt Up Theatre between 2008 and 2012. He was an Associate Artist of Hall for Cornwall from 2016 to 2023. In 2010 he was awarded a bursary from Stage One to support his development as a commercial producer. In 2023 he became Production Associate for Southwark Playhouse, where he had previously been an Associate between 2011 and 2013.















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