Safe Ground - Using drama to educate prisoners and young people at risk in the community


Our patrons

Melly Still

Melly Still has worked as designer and co-director on many productions, including the RSC’s version of ‘Tales from Ovid’, and ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ by Salman Rushdie at the Royal National Theatre.

Lord Ramsbotham

General David Ramsbotham is a retired British Army officer, former Adjutant General and ADC General to Her Majesty the Queen. General Ramsbotham later served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons. He is currently a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Helena Kennedy is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers. She’s spent her professional life giving voice to those who have the least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She has used many public platforms to argue with passion, wit, and humanity for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children.

Lord Lucas

Lord Lucas is on the Advisory Board of AC Grayling’s New College of the Humanities. He became a Fellow of Charter Accountants (FCA) in 1976, and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Mercers.

Sir Richard Tilt

Following a period teaching in Stockholm and Nottingham, Sir Richard started his career in the Prison Service as Assistant Governor in 1966. He was Governor of a number of prisons including Bedford and Gartree, rising to Director General of the Prison Service in 1995. Sir Richard retired from the Prison Service in 1999 and in the same year was appointed a Knight Bachelor.

Professor Renos Papadopoulos

Renos Papadopoulos is a professor of analytical psychology in the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. He serves as director of the university’s Center for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees (CTAR), as well as a member of its Human Rights Centre. He is also a consultant clinical psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic in London.

Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is a professional spoken word artist, published poet and playwright. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam championships administered by the Poetry Society.

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