Our aim is to create a platform for rising star talent: actors, writers & directors, with a particular interest in female voices.
PLATFORM PRESENTS ARE TEAMING WITH POLLY STENHAM TO CHOOSE LOVE- AN EVENING OF WORLD FAMOUS POETRY READ BY STARS OF THE STAGE & SCREEN.
Polly Stenham & Platform Presents
“We are so grateful to all the amazing artists who have agreed to participate in the Choose Love poetry evening to raise vital funds to help keep refugees warm and well this winter. It is a pleasure to work alongside Polly Stenham and the brilliant Platform Presents on such a special evening. As ever, we are reminded that there are many, many people who continue to Choose Love. We are honoured to be a part of such a powerful and positive movement of humanity”
Philli Boyle- Director, Help Refugees.
Help Refugees is the leading UK NGO in a new movement of humanitarian aid. Acting where governmental and other non-governmental bodies are unable to, they are working to fill the huge and terrifying gaps in services for those displaced by war in Europe and beyond. With no bureaucracy and minimal overheads, every pound they raise can be traced to its tangible impact on the ground. With Winter just around the corner the organisation desperately needs the public’s help to keep people safe and warm in the coming months.
Thank you to ATG, who are kindly providing the wonderful venue, The Fortune Theatre.
Florence Welch is an English musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the vocalist of indie rock band Florence and the Machine. Florence and the Machine’s debut album, Lungs, was released in 2009; on 17 January 2010, the album reached the top position in the UK after being on the chart for 28 consecutive weeks. Lungs won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2010. The group’s second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October 2011, debuted at number one in the UK and number six in the US. The band’s third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was released in 2015 to positive reviews from critics, and topped the UK and US charts.
Co-Founder Gala Gordon is an actress is best known for playing the lead role of Irina in Benedict Andrews’ production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Young Vic starring opposite Vanessa Kirby. Recent roles include: Edneavour (ITV) AND Christine Keeler in The Crown (Netflix).
Jade is a 2017 Screen International star of tomorrow & ES rising star. She is also a poet and her first collection of poems is published by Poetry Space and titled ‘Eggs On Toast‘
Andrew Scott is best known for Band of Brothers, John Adams, and the television comedy series, My Life in Film. He has won many awards for his work in theatre in Ireland and England, and received a nomination for The Vertical Hour on Broadway.
When Scott gained international notice as Moriarty, detective Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis in Sherlock on BBC TV, his film and television career stepped up considerably with roles in several movies including Victor Frankenstein with James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe and Spectre, a James Bond entry. In 2017 Scott starred as Hamlet in a widely acclaimed performance on the stage in London.
Cara attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Whilst there she won the part of Ivy in period drama ‘Downton Abbey’ and the school allowed her to finish her final year early in order to appear in the series. In 2012 she was a joint recipient of the Screen Actors’ Guild award for the best ensemble cast in a television series, leaving the show in 2013. Since then she has made many television appearances, most notably in drama ‘The Syndicate’ and in romantic sitcom ‘Together’.
Joely Richardson is an English actress, known for her role as Julia McNamara in the FXdrama series Nip/Tuck (2003–10), and Queen Catherine Parr in the Showtime series The Tudors (2010). She has also appeared in films such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), Event Horizon (1997), The Patriot (2000), Return to Me (2000), Anonymous (2011), the Hollywood film adaptation The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and the remake of Endless Love (2014).
James Massiah is a poet and musician from South London. His work explores ideas about mortality, sex and religion. He has given readings of his poetry at the Tate Modern, The Southbank and the Houses of Parliament and has received commissions to produce work for the BBC and the Guardian. A pioneer of raw talent James is founder of The A & The E a platform for the discussion of the arts and philosophy – curating regular poetry and music events across London.
Benjamin Whishaw is an English actor. He has played on stage Hamlet; on television Nathan Barley, Criminal Justice, The Hour, and London Spy; and film roles including Perfume: The Story of a Murderer(2006), I’m Not There (2007), Bright Star (2009), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Cloud Atlas (2012), The Lobster (2015), Suffragette (2015), and The Danish Girl (2015). He played Q in the James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre(2015). He voiced Paddington Bear in Paddington (2014) and Paddington 2 (2017).
Lindsay Duncan, is a Scottish stage, television and film actress. On stage she has won two Olivier Awards, a Tony Award for her performance in Private Lives and another Tony Award nomination for her role in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Duncan has starred in several plays by Harold Pinter. Her most famous roles on television include: Barbara Douglas in Alan Bleasdale‘s G.B.H. (1991), Servilia of the Junii in the HBO/BBC/RAI series Rome (2005–2007), and Adelaide Brooke in the Doctor Who special “The Waters of Mars” (2009).