Our aim is to create a platform for rising star talent: actors, writers & directors, with a particular interest in female voices.

#PLATFORMPRESENTS

We produce play readings and productions in theatres across London giving rising star actors, writers and directors the opportunity to meet, perform, learn and network with each other and with established talent, showcasing exceptional writing.

Platform Presents was launched in May 2017 by actor Gala Gordon and producer Isabella Macpherson to give a platform to rising star talent: actors, writers and directors, with a particular interest in female voices.

 

In May 2017 Platform Presents undertook a play reading, for the first time in the UK, of Building The Wall, by America’s most acclaimed political playwright, Robert Schenkkan, (Pulitzer and Tony winner All The Way, Hacksaw Ridge – Academy Award nomination). Read by Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat, The Maids, Splendour), and Jason Watkins (W1A, Taboo, In The Line of Duty), and directed by rising star director, Jesse Jones, one of The Old Vic 12 alumni at The Bush Theatre, London.

Then in July 2017, Platform Presents produced a play reading by internationally renowned playwright and screenwriter, Kenneth Lonergan, (Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea.) This Is Our Youth was read by rising star actors Sebastian de Souza, (Skins, The Borgias, Crossing Lines, Maigret), Morgan Watkins, (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Suffragette, Chicken), and Jessamine-Bliss Bell, (Dragonheart: Battle For the Heartfire, My Best Friend’s Wedding), directed by rising star director, Stella Powell-Jones (recently appointed Associate Director, Jermyn Street Theatre), at The Playground Theatre, London.

In May 2018 PLATFORM PRESENTS & SOHO THEATRE will stage Blueberry Toast, by rising star playwright and screenwriter, Mary Laws, (currently writing on Seth Rogen’s series Preacher), for the first time in The UK. Blueberry Toast will star Gala Gordon (Three Sisters – Young Vic, The Blinding Light – Jermyn Street, Endeavour – ITV, Kids in Love, The Crown – Netflix) and be directed by Soho Theatre’s Artistic Director, Steve Marmion. The full cast will be announced shortly. The play will be performed in Soho Theatre’s main space.

Platform Presents’ aim moving forward it to continue with play readings and full productions to platform talent, and alongside this to create a community – a new voice for theatre, actors, writers, directors, producers, talent, rising stars, with a particular interest in female voices.

GALA GORDON

Gala Gordon is an English actress. After graduating from Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Gordon made her professional stage debut playing the lead role of Irina in Benedict Andrews’ production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Young Vic. Television credits include: ITV series, ‘Endeavour,’ and playing the role of Christine Keeler in Netflix series, ‘The Crown.’ Feature film credits include: ‘Kids in Love’ and ‘White Island.’ She most recently played the role of Strindberg’s wife, Frida in Howard Brenton’s ‘The Blinding Light’ at The Jermyn Street Theatre. Gala is represented by 42 Management.

ISABELLA MACPHERSON

Isabella started her career at M&C Saatchi, then went on to become Publisher, then Editor-in-Chief of ArtReview Magazine.  Since 2003, Isabella, through Production companies she co-founded – Arts Co and A&B Productions – has produced critically lauded rising star talent programmes, art, design, short film, fashion and theatre productions.  Isabella is a strategic advisor to the BFC Fashion Trust, the British Film Institute, a Trustee of and Ambassador for The Bush Theatre, and produces an annual school theatre programme.