Patricia Cumper MBE FRSA

Patricia Cumper is a playwright and artistic producer who has written for theatre and radio for more than twenty years. She was the former Artistic Director and CEO of Talawa, the UK’s largest Black British Theatre Company. She has also won awards for her writing for radio. Her passion is bringing diverse stories and artists from the margins to the mainstream. She was recently awarded an MBE for her services to Black British theatre.


Dominique Le Gendre FRSA

Dominique Le Gendre is a composer, curator and producer. She has composed music extensively over the past 28 years for theatre, film, dance, radio-drama, television and art installations. Over the past 10 years she has composed mainly chamber music and operas and was invited to become an Associate Artist of the Royal opera House in 2004. Her first major chamber opera Bird Of Night, directed by Irina Brown and commissioned by The Royal Opera House was premiered at The Linbury Theatre in 2006. Her passion is discovering the rich treasure chests of stories that lie within people and places and giving voice to these stories.