Was Arts Announces New Creative Industry Patrons

Posted on 06/11/2017 in Homepage
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  • Everybody is Talking about Jamie’s Director is “Proud” to be Wac Arts new Patron
  • Martina Laird takes to the stage at the RSC as she celebrates becoming a Patron
  • Show runs start for both new Patrons on 6th November

Martina LairdWas Arts is proud to announce two new patrons; actor Martina Laird and international director Jonathan Butterell, who will be joining the North London performing arts organisation. The announcement comes as both industry professionals bring new shows to the West End London stage from 6th November. Martina and Jonathan will be joining MOBO award winner; Ms Dynamite, Game of Thrones Star; Owen Teale and stage and screen actor; Danny Sapani as Patrons to Wac Arts whose home is the Old Town Hall, Belsize Park.

Martina Laird is a talented actor, known for her work on screen and stage. Martina is much loved for her roles in Casualty and Holby City as well as her work at prestigious theatres such as The National Theatre, The Donmar, The Old Vic (and many others). Martina has been involved with Wac Arts as a Drama Tutor and advocate for the organisation. Held in high regard by the young people, she is passionate about them fulfilling their potential through performing arts. Martina has always been supportive of the charity, often speaking at events alongside fellow Wac Arts Patrons such as actors Ann Mitchell and Simon Callow.

Martina is taking to the stage at the Barbican to perform in Coriolanus. It is the first show of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome Season at the Barbican, running from the 6th-18th of November. The show has transferred from their home in Stratford upon Avon where the show and Martina received many positive reviews.


Jonathan ButterellJonathan Butterell’s most recent work, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, was developed with Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae for the Sheffield Crucible Theatre. After a sold-out run in February, the inspiring show transfers to the West End, with previews beginning November 6th. The Guardian gave the show a rave review and says about Jonathan, “Butterell’s direction seamlessly intermingles robust humour with insightful sensitivity”

“I am proud and honoured to be asked to be a Patron of Wac Arts. Having an open door to the arts for everyone is essential for the wellbeing of us all. Giving an opportunity to those who sometimes don’t know how to find that door is a responsibility to all of us who work in the arts”
Jonathan Butterell

Jonathan began his journey with Wac Arts after attending several student performances and led a master class for the full time performing arts students. Jonathan was inspired by the approach of the arts organisation and the young people who attend. He will be coming back to Wac Arts in the New Year with a Jamie workshop and everyone is delighted that Jonathan has accepted this position as Patron for Wac Arts.


“We are delighted to have Martina and Jonathan join the other fantastic group of Patrons at Wac Arts. They are both well-loved ambassadors and an inspiration for students who are at the heart of the organisation.”
Wac Arts Chief Executive, Karen Napier

Wac Arts is excited to be working with Martina and Jonathan to support our mission of empowering young people to change their world.

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