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Alan Lane

Slung Low

Alan Lane is Artistic Director at Slung Low, directing most of their work over the last decade including projects with the Barbican, the RSC, The Almeida, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman, Sheffield Theatres, Singapore Arts Festival and the Lowry.

Based in Leeds, Slung Low make large scale people’s theatre work on stages, trains, castles, swimming pools, fishing boats and town centres.

They also run a Cultural Community College offering a full range of cultural lessons in activities from South Indian Cooking to Blacksmything, star gazing to documentary film making and much in between.

In 2019 they took over the running of Britain’s oldest working men’s club, The Holbeck, in South Leeds. They run this venue as a Pay What You Decide creative and community space.  (Image credit: James Phillips)

Grace Harrison

Kitty's Laundrette

Grace is one of the founding members of Kitty’s Laundrette.

Kitty’s Launderette is a worker-community co-operative offering quality, affordable and ecological laundry facilities, as well as a space for the community to gather, talk and learn.

It is based on the high street in the Anfield/Everton area of Liverpool.

Alex Barker

Be More Pirate

Alex Barker is a speaker, facilitator and network lead. Working alongside author and entrepreneur Sam Conniff. Together they have developed a distinct approach to change based on how the principles in the book have been applied.

Alex leads their global Be More Pirate network to deliver social impact, and runs workshops to help organisations to change their culture and embrace some responsible rebellion.

Previously, she worked for seven years at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts), as Communications Manager.

Edward Boott


Edward Boott is Artistic Director & CEO of Nonsuch in Nottingham which he founded aged 20 in 2013.

From starting life as a theatre company, Nonsuch now produce and tour their own shows as well as the work of other artists; produce community projects that reach over 7,000 individuals every year; and run the brand-new Nonsuch Studios
– Nottingham’s newest creative space and performance venue in the heart of the city’s Creative Quarter.

He was recently awarded one of Nottingham’s inaugural 30 Under 30 awards and was a finalist in the UK Microentrepreneurship Awards 2020 as Young Entrepreneur of the Year.