An Anglican church in Chelsea, has appointed Sue Radford as Executive Director of its pioneering arts-based youth mentoring programme, Intermission.
The Parish of Holy Trinity and St Saviour, Upper Chelsea, has recruited Sue, a media and management specialist – who formerly worked as a TV journalist and presenter – to work alongside Intermission’s Artistic Director Darren Raymond to build a confident future for the organisation.
Originally founded in 2000 at St Saviour’s Church in Knightsbridge, Intermission gives young people from across London a chance to cross cultural and postcode divides to improve their lives.
“Intermission has a wonderful track record of transforming young peoples’ lives through theatre, arts-based development programmes and mentoring,” said Sue. “This is an exciting time to be involved with the company as it looks to expand its work in schools, theatre and in film.”
Intermission has worked with more than 5,000 young people through its theatre, youth theatre, film and outreach programmes that include working with schools, Pupil Referral Units and Young Offenders Teams across the UK.
Using drama, original and contemporised Shakespeare scenes to explore difficult social issues such as gang rivalry and knife crime, it has had a significant impact at ending re-offending and stopping those at risk of offending.
Oscar-winning actor, Sir Mark Rylance, Patron of Intermission, has described it as “the most exciting young people’s theatre company I have ever witnessed … You feel they are using Shakespeare to reveal their own culture of youth growing up in London today. They are an inspiration to me.”
Commenting on the appointment, Fr Nicholas Wheeler, Rector of Holy Trinity Church and St Saviour, said: “We are delighted that Sue is joining Intermission in this new role. Along with her Christian faith and values, she brings experience in leadership, fundraising, project management and communication at a strategic time for Intermission.”
Sue has held senior management and leadership positions in the commercial, not-for-profit and Christian charity sectors. She has spent more than 20 years in the media, working for the BBC, Sky News and ITV as a journalist, reporter and presenter. She is an avid theatre-goer, a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and a Director of Jerusalem Productions.
From its beginnings as a supportive network for Christians involved in the arts in London, Intermission now seeks to offer young people of all faiths and none, new opportunities for personal development in an environment shaped by Christian values.
The work has grown four strands – Intermission Youth Theatre, Intermission Graduate Theatre, Intermission Outreach and Intermission Pictures – and has attracted the Oscar-winning actor Sir Mark Rylance to be its Patron and the actress Sylvia Syms OBE to be its Ambassador.
Intermission Youth Theatre works with ex-offenders and young people who are considered at risk of offending. Each year, 25 people are selected to join the year-long Youth Theatre programme which includes mentoring, theatre and life skills. The project culminates in a production written by Artistic Director Darren Raymond, that incorporates original Shakespearean text alongside modern dialogue.
Intermission Outreach visits schools, pupil referral units and young offenders’ services. Through performance, workshops and discussion, they bring Shakespeare alive to their audiences, provoking discussion and unique peer-to-peer debate on contemporary social issues such as gang rivalry and knife crime.
Intermission Theatre provides graduates of the Youth Theatre the opportunity to develop skills in performance and production, as well as employment opportunities to industry artists. Graduates have gone on to appear in professional productions in film (Star Wars III, Spectre), TV (Eastenders, Hollyoaks, Casualty) and theatre (The Globe, RSC, National Theatre).
Intermission Pictures provides training in film-making and screen acting to Youth Theatre graduates and other young people lacking positive opportunities in their lives, enabling them to work alongside industry experts and increasing employment opportunities.
Top: Sue Radford, Executive Director, Intermission.
Above: Production photo (black & white): Verona Road (Intermission Youth Theatre) 2000
Production photo (colour): Love me to Death (Intermission Youth Theatre) 2016
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