Colin Salmon - Actor
“Some say I went to the wrong school and grew up in a wrong town, I just happen to feel it was the right time. I am proud to be a patron of NGYT. The work being done with our youth is crucial and drama and dance are a powerful form of understanding and exploration. Come and stand on stage strip off the mask and walk that mile. Some say our young people just want to be famous I believe they just want to be seen and heard. Support the young and you will be surprised"
Colin is best known for his role as Charles Robinson in the Bond films ‘The World Is Not Enough’, ‘Die Another Day’ and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’. His film and TV credits include; Resident Evil, Alien Vs Predator, Fanny and Elvis, Some Girls (BBC3), Arrow and Limitless.
Jack Thorne - Writer
"Passionate and committed teaching……I think Next Generation Youth Theatre will be a great addition to Luton life”.
Jack’s plays for stage include When You Cure Me (Bush Theatre), Stacy (Arcola and Trafalgar Studios), Fanny and Faggot (Finborough and Trafalgar Studios), Burying Your Brother In The Pavement (NT Connections), 2nd May 1997 (Bush Theatre) and Bunny (Edinburgh Festival) which won him at Fringe First in 2010.
His work for television includes Skins, Shameless, Cast-Offs (co-written with Tony Roche and Alex Bulmer, nominated for the Royal Television Society’s Best Drama Series 2010), This Is England ‘86 (Channel 4, co-written with Shane Meadows, winner South Bank Show Best TV Drama 2011, Royal Television Society Best Writer (Drama)), This is England ’88, This is England ’90 and The Fades (nominated Royal Television Society Best TV Drama Series 2012).
He adapted When You Cure Me for radio (Radio 3) and has further written Left At The Angel (Radio 4, nominated for the Imison Award 2008), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (adaptation with Alex Bulmer, Radio 4), People Snogging In Public Places (Radio 3, Sony Radio Academy Award Winner 2010) and A Summer Night (Radio 3).
His first feature film The Scouting Book For Boys (Celador and Film Four) won Jack the Star of London Best Newcomer award at the London Film Festival 2009.
Since becoming a patron for NGYT Jack has gone on to write the hugely acclaimed West End Show ‘Let The Right One In’, E4’s ‘Glue, Channel 4's Kiri and The Royal Court’s ‘Hope’ as well as working alongside J.K Rowling on ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’.
The modest one time Lutonian has also won four BAFTAS.
Neil Jackson - Actor
“I think it’s vitally important to support the arts at a grass roots level. The future of the entertainment industry is very much in the hands of students such as those in NGYT. Having been born in Luton myself, I wish there was something like this for me when I was growing up.”
Film Credits Include: You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, dir. Woody Allen, Alexander, dir. Oliver Stone.
TV Credits Include: Sleepy Hollow, Upstairs Dowstairs, Lightfields.
Sally Abbott - Writer
“I am delighted to be a patron of NGYT. When I met NGYT I was blown away by their energy, commitment and, crucially, their listening; essential to creating bold and brave theatre. Their training is as much about a positive way of being as about creating spine tingling theatre. NGYT are special. You can see it in the confidence and openness of the youth theatre and the quality of their leadership. Luton should be very VERY proud. I know I am.”
Sally’s writing credits include Eastenders, Casualty, Doctors and The Coroner. As well as this she has a wealth of experience working in community and youth theatre.
Helen Parlor - Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher
“I have always been left inspired by the work of NGYT; the intelligent simplicity and effectiveness of their work is to be applauded. Their work is original, thoughtful and of fantastic standard-it is of absolute pleasure that I am dance patron and look forward to future involvement with the company.”
Helen Parlor has been working as a contemporary dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director and rehearsal director since 1998. Helen has performed professionally with Dansconnect (1998-99), dancing works by Jonathon Lunn, Scott Ambler, Yael Flexor and Nikky Smedley. Motionhouse Dance Theatre (2000-06) creating and performing ‘Atomic’, ‘Fearless’, ‘Volatile’ and ‘Perfect’.
Helen then moved to Oslo to work with Panta Rei Danseteater, (2006-2007), working with choreographers Jamie Watton and Anne Ekenes. Returning, Helen performed for Mobius Dance Theatre touring ‘Such Is Life(2008-10). As a director and choreographer Helen collaborates regularly with various organisations. She was the movement director with Theatre Is working on their productions Tightrope and Epiphany and has regular links with other organisations including Cirque Bijou leading to collaborations with the Original Spinners for the Bristol Harbourside festival 2012 and for future collaborations in Bristol for the summer of 2013 with Parlor Dance.
Helen was most recently the Assistant Choreographer for the London 2012 Opening of the Paralympic Games working with thousands of volunteers and the Paralympic creative team since March 2012.
Throughout her career Helen has held a dedication to teaching people of all ages and abilities as well as creating work on various groups both in theatrical contexts and through site specific works.
Jonno Davies - Actor
"Laura, David and everyone involved in NGYT are doing everything they can to make the arts as accessible as possible, something which our society is desperately crying out for. The company has a fantastic passion in what they do and will do whatever they can for their students. As a patron, I hope to promote their work and help encourage other companies to support their community like NGYT has.”
We are delighted to announce Jonno Davies (one of our ex-students) has become part of the NGYT family as our youth patron.
Following graduation from Italia Conti, Jonno received the prestigious 2013 Spotlight Prize Nomination. Soon after, an Edinburgh Fringe Best Actor nomination. Jonno has been in countless TV and theatre appearances including a recurring role as Connor on Hollyoaks, performances in Doctors and Casualty, a featured role in the Film Kingsman: The Secret Service and A Clockwork Orange in London and Broadway.