Patrons & Founders

Our Patrons

We are extremely proud of our patrons who serve as ambassadors for Scene & Heard. Their support of our work and of the children of Somers Town is crucial to our success and we could not do what we do without them.

Our patrons are: Hugh Bonneville, Anna Chancellor, Jennie Darnell, Tom Goodman-Hill,
Max Hill QC, Damian Lewis, Dame Hilary Mantel, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Nina Sosanya, Zoe Wanamaker, Emily Watson and Samuel West.

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Helen McCrory, Scene & Heard Patron 2010 – 2021
Much loved and very sadly missed

Our Founders

Scene & Heard was founded by two charismatic, dynamic women: Sophie Boyack and Kate Coleman had a vision for the children of Somers Town and the determination to make it happen. Sophie and Kate first met as undergraduates at London University and, inspired by Kate’s work with New York’s 52nd Street Project, set up Scene & Heard in 1999.

Their combined and varied experiences of theatre, new writing, education and young people came to fruition with the creation of Scene & Heard. They ran the first Playmaking One course in Spring 1999, performing at Basil Jellicoe Community Hall. Through sheer hard work they developed a series of courses, each one building on the last, inviting children and volunteers back to work with them over many years. By 2000 they had moved the performances to Theatro Technis, the shows becoming a much-loved staple of the London theatre scene.

Kate’s distinctive style of prop-making and design became synonymous with Scene & Heard’s image. In addition to the courses, they formed partnership projects with animate! & Channel 4, BBC Radio, The National Theatre of Scotland and The Foundling Museum, as well as hosting visits from the 52nd Street Project. They successfully ran the charity, raising funds, building its reputation and expanding the volunteer base until they stepped down in 2010.