Our supporters

The Foundation couldn’t survive without the continued help of our amazing supporters. Thank you to everyone for making this possible.


Jenny Agutter OBE, Nicholas Allott, Ruby Bentall, Dame Judi Dench CH, Hugh Dennis, Christopher Eccleston, Alfred Enoch, Ralph Fiennes, Jamila Gavin, John Heffernan, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Lindsay Johns, Paterson Joseph, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Francesca Martinez, Philip Pullman CBE, Lord Puttnam CBE, Matthew Rhys, Michael Rosen, Simon Russell Beale CBE, Sir Tom Stoppard, Dame Harriet Walter


James Dray (Chair), Petrina de Gouttes, Geraint Talfan Davies, Guy Davies (Treasurer), James Hadley, Laura King, Menna McGregor, Jude Ragan, Chloe Surowiec-Allison, Vicki Wienand

Education Advisors

Colin Hall, Dame Alison Peacock


Ruby Bentall, The Co-operative Food St Pauls Branch, The Connell Guides, Tom Conti, Arthur Darvill, Hugh Dennis, Shaheed Fatima QC, Lady Justice Hallett, John Heffernan, Jessica Hynes, Elayce Ismail, Professor Russell Jackson, John Kelsey-Fry QC, Jonathan Laidlaw QC, Lee Mack, Jonathan Myerson, David Oakes, Jess Phillips MP, Natalie Pryce, Dinah Rose QC, Joshua Rozenberg QC, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Lauren Suding and Marc Plessier, Meera Syal, Olivia Vinall, Waterstones, Ian Winter QC, Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland

Partners and Corporate Supporters

Arts Award, Bar Council, BCL Solicitors LLP, Cloth Fair Chambers, Conway Hall, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, Holland Park School, Julius Baer International, Learning on Screen, Legal Week, Linklaters, Papatango, Philosophy Foundation, Pobble, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare North, Social Business Trust, Splaat Media, St Catharine’s College, The Cultural Capital Fund, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Theatr Genedlaethol, Triptico Plus, Valero Energy, Wyndham’s Theatre

Trusts and Foundations

April Trust, Arts Council Wales, Beattie Charitable Trust, Catherine Moggridge, Childrens Charity, Chivers Trust, Cumbria Community Foundation, D G Marshall of Cambridge Trust, Doris Field Charitable Trust, Essex Community Foundation, Four Acre Trust, Frank Litchfield General Charitable Trust, Gibbs Charitable Trust, Gowling WLG (UK) Charitable Trust, Hall Charitable Trust, Hartsheath Charitable Trust, Hyde Park Place Estate Charity, J C Eaton Charitable Trust, Jane Hodge Foundation, John Jarrold Trust, Lord and Lady Somerleyton’s Charitable Trust, Lynne Perruchot, Moorwoods Charitable Trust, Mr and Mrs J A Pye’s Charitable Settlement, P F Charitable Trust, Pilkington Charities Fund, Roger & Douglas Turner Trust, Roger and Sarah Bancroft Clark Charitable Trust, Rokeby Educational Trust, Rutland Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Sir James Reckitt Charity, Sobell Foundation, Social Business Trust, Staffordshire Masonic Charitable Association, Stanley Smith Charitable Memorial Fund, Teale Charity Trust, The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, The Dorothy Johnson Charitable Trust, The Edmund Godson Charity, The Fort Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The Helen Jean Cope Charity, The Jack Lane Charitable Trust, The James Beattie Charitable Trust, The Keith & Joan Mindelsohn Charitable Trust, The Mackintosh Foundation, The Old Possum’s Practical Trust, The Openwork Foundation, The Paul Bassham Charitable Trust, The Roger and Douglas Turner Chartiable Trust, The Roger Vere Foundation, The Sackler Foundation, The Simon Digby Charitable Trust, The Trades House of Glasgow Commonweal Fund, The Worshipful Company of, Launders Benevolent Trust Fund, Unity Theatre Trust, Waynflete Charitable Trust, Wixamtree Trust, Zurich Community Trust


Gaya Barnes, Carole Barnett, Valerie Beeken, William Bollinger, Georgina Brehaut, Simon Brock, Bryan Bruton, Maria Cassidy, Emily Clarke, Miggie Cotton, Wendy Craig, Naomi Crosby, Deborah Dalgleish, Guy Davies and Tracy Sherman, Jo Del Mar, Dame Judi Dench CH, Sarianne Durie, Jane Earl, Elizabeth Ellis, Alfred Enoch, April Farrant, Anthony Finnigan, Kate Fleming, Paul Fleming, Adam & Victoria Freudenheim, Hilary Gal, Jamila Gavin, Sarah Gee, Jo Gibbs, Charles Grace, Ellie Grace, Clare Gray, Christopher Green, James Hadley, Jeffery Hewitt, Graham Hodson, Sir Nicholas Hytner, Andrew Jackson, Emma Kendrew, Brian Kennelly, Merrian Lancaster, Alan Lazar, Kate Lemon, Petronella Macnaghten, Anna Mallett, Greg McClarnon, Patricia Nasr, Caroline Newman, Paul O’Connell, Lady Camilla Panufnick, Rachel Parker, Michael Parroy, Lynne Perruchot, Rachel Piercey, Sarah Quinn, Oliver Rawlins, Dinah Rose QC, Michael Skapinker, Sir Tom Stoppard, Geraint Talfan Davies, Elaine Tandoh, David Thomas, Babs Thomas, Callum Thomson, Joanne Trigg, Mrs & Mr Wickham, Gill Wood, David Young, Anonymous

“Children who hate books start to love an Elizabethan poet. They discover that  making a play can still be what is says on the tin: play” Sir Nicholas Hytner, Patron and former Artistic Director of The National Theatre

of teachers said that their students were resilient as a result of the Festival

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

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of teachers reported that their students were better able to empathise with each other

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
of teachers said that their students increased in confidence

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

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of teachers agreed that their students were better at working together as a team

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

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of students are more likely to seek out new opportunities

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

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young people have taken part in the Festival

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

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SSF is a cultural education charity that exists to instil curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self-esteem, literacy and teamwork - giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage.

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