Who we Work With

Battersea Arts Centre

Category: Partners

For a start there’s the building, a beautiful old town hall, whose 80 rooms have seen so much over the years. Now that Battersea’s an arts centre, people come here to be creative, see a show, explore local heritage, visit the Scratch Bar, play or relax. Battersea Arts Centre’s mission is to inspire people to take creative risks to shape the future.

Projects with Battersea Arts Centre:

Chirine El-Ansary

Category: Storytellers

Chirine El Ansary is a storyteller and physical performer living between Egypt and France. Chirine has performed in the ancient buildings, streets and markets of Cairo, Damascus and Aleppo as well as in prisons, refugee camps, remote villages, forests and world-class cultural institutions. Her stories brought her to Sanaa, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Johannesburg, Rome, Naples, Shiraz, Warsaw, Constantine, Beirut, and London (Barbican Centre, Rich Mix and Soho Theatre amongst others). Her work includes experimental movement, performance poetry and storytelling.

Projects with Chirine El-Ansary:

Christina Oakley Harrington

Category: Partners

Christina Oakley Harrington is Treadwell’s founder and presiding spirit. She was voraciously interested in spirituality and magic since childhood, and grew up in West Africa, Burma, and Chile, only moving to the West at the age of fifteen. In her early twenties she was heartened to discover Europe’s own native religious traditions, and has been a pagan ever since. A former academic, she left university life in 2001 to establish Treadwell’s. These days she serves as a consultant for programmes and projects but is usually at the shop somewhere during the week.

Clare Murphy

Category: Storytellers

Clare Muireann Murphy is a performance storyteller renowned for her wit, verve and lively physicality on stage. Her stages include The Globe, The Barbican, the National Theatre, Soho Theatre (London), Cheltenham Literature Festival, and The Ancient Technology Centre (Dorset) as well as universities and venues in Brazil, Ireland, Belgium, Canada and the US. Clare’s storytelling has been praised widely for its ability to capture audiences, skillfully blending mythology, politics and social concerns, and for irreverently blurring the boundaries between theatre, live literature and performance storytelling.

Daniel Morden

Category: Artist, Storytellers

Daniel Morden is one of the leading exponents in the art of storytelling in the UK and leader of the acclaimed Devil’s Violin Company. For 27 years he has delighted audiences all over the world at storytelling festivals. He is a regular at the major literature festivals at Hay, Bath and Cheltenham. In London he has performed at venues from the Barbican and National Theatre to the British Museum. He has also worked on TV and radio and published books for both children and adults.

Projects with Daniel Morden:

Jan Blake

Category: Storytellers

Jan Blake is one of the UK’s leading storytellers for adults. She has been performing worldwide for over 30 years. Recent highlights include Hay Festival, TEDx Warsaw and TEDx Manchester. She works regularly with the British Council and Apples and Snakes, where she leads storytelling workshops for emerging storytellers, and gives masterclasses. Jan’s stories will make you laugh and they make you cry. They will remind you of what it means to be human. And what it means to love.

Projects with Jan Blake:

Jennifer Tang

Category: Artist

Jennifer Tang is an award-winning UK and International stage director and theatre maker.  She specialises in making new work across multiple disciplines. Her practice – spanning new writing, devised work, and verbatim content – regularly uses music as an integral component. Jennifer’s interest is in making work that draws inspiration from specific communities and the stories that arise from these particular groups. Her work is politically urgent and emotionally vital. She has worked at The Young Vic; The RSC; The Royal Opera House; The Drum & TRP and The Gate Theatre among others.

Projects with Jennifer Tang:

Joy Francis

Category: Partners

Joy Francis is executive director of Words of Colour Productions, a creative communications agency that promotes, facilitates and develops writers of colour – of all genres, collaborates with arts, creative and writing industries to increase cultural inclusion, and creates multi-platform projects to reshape the single narrative misrepresenting diverse communities. Joy is also co-founder and head of Digital Women UK.

Projects with Joy Francis:

Marina Warner

Category: Authors

Marina Warner’s books include Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011) and Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairytale, just out in paperback. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College and a Professorial Research Fellow, SOAS.

Projects with Marina Warner:

Melanie Abrahams

Category: Artist, Partners

Melanie Abrahams as a leading literature producer and curator in the England arts scene was a recipient of a Women To Watch Award for her arts work. She brings diverse artists and audiences to the arts and the public through her organisations Renaissance One and Tilt. Melanie champions Black leadership in the North as an Enabler for Eclipse Theatre’s Sustained Theatre funded project SLATE.

Projects with Melanie Abrahams:


Category: Partners

Platforma arts and refugee network supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants from marginalised communities. It brings together groups and artists / performers of any background or political status (e.g. refugees and non-refugees), whose work examines the varied experiences of refugees both before and after they arrived and settled in their host country.

Projects with Platforma:

Rich Mix

Category: Partners

Rich Mix is East London’s independent arts centre. They aim to be a place where the communities of the world, who are the citizens of East London and beyond, can come together to experience and make world class art and feel that it’s a place where they belong. Rich Mix is committed to delivering excellent art to increasing and increasingly diverse audiences.

The Albany

Category: Partners

Based in the heart of Deptford, the Albany is a performing arts centre. Over the last few years, they have emerged as a new type of arts venue, very much driven by the cultural diversity and creative mix of South East London. Involving people and communities through participation and partnerships is central to their work and is essential to the delivery of their vision.

Projects with The Albany:

The Mosaic Rooms

Category: Partners

The Mosaic Rooms are a non-profit art gallery and bookshop dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary Arab culture in London. We do this through their free contemporary art exhibitions, their multidisciplinary events (including film screenings, current affairs talks, book launches and more) artist residencies and learning programme.

Projects with The Mosaic Rooms:

Write Idea Festival

Category: Partners

Writeidea is a free annual festival taking place in Whitechapel’s library Idea Store. I worked with Sergio Dogliani, festival organiser and library director, to bring storytelling to the festival for the first time in 2016. The ninth Writeidea Festival will take place at Idea Store Whitechapel over the weekend of 17 – 19 November 2017 and we’ll soon be announcing an exciting new storytelling event taking place there.