Meet the artists


Lead artist NEIL BARTLETT talks about where the idea for this whole project came from

NEIL BARTLETT has been making extraordinary performances in unexpected places since 1982. He has made work for nightclubs, gay bars, cathedrals, warehouses – and also for the National Theatre, the Royal Court and the Edinburgh and Manchester International Festivals  . He is an acclaimed playwright and novelist, with 37 published titles to his name, and in 2017 he gave a groundbreaking reading of the whole of Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis   live from Reading Gaol a performance which has since been watched online around the world . You can find out more about Neil and his work  here , at

The performers

The company for 24 HOURS FOR PEACE is going to mix professional performers with members of the public drawn from across Greater Manchester. Eventually, there are going to be 48 of them –  working together  as a team for the full 24 hours of the performance and broadcast.

Subject to availability,  the latest names who have said they will join the company on the night include ; Adjoa Andoh, Liz Carr, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Toby Jones, Miranda Richardson, Don Warrington.



The Team

24 Hours of Peace is produced by Thomas Carter Projects ( Thomas Carter Projects is an independent media production company, established in 2004. We make things — stories, if you like — for all forms of media, live and recorded, and for all kinds of people. The company was founded by Polly Thomas and Gary Carter, who have collaborated since the early 1990s.


Polly Thomas, lead producer, is an award winning radio and theatre director/producer. Her audio work covers BBC Radio 3 and 4 and community networks. She is a co-founder of Thomas Carter Projects, an international media and performance company. Our work has included two development grants from Wellcome Trust for Hush/Adam’s Apple, a new musical about gender identity and voice; commissions for Queer Up North (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Fierce (Birmingham Rep) and Chelsea Centre London.

Andy Barry, Associate Director, is a theatre artist and director. He currently leads the Royal Exchange Elders Company in Manchester and is an associate director of Goblin Theatre. Recent directing credits include The Pied Piper (Cornerstone/Goblin), Moments That Changed Our World (Royal Exchange), The Nutcracker and the Mouse King  (Cornerstone/Goblin) and Sanctuary from the Trenches (National Trust) – a finalist for Museum of the Year. He was Associate Director (North West) for Jeremy’s Deller’s We’re Here Because We’re Here.

Michael Umney, Live Stream Producer, is an award winning audio producer for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and podcast. With Resonance FM he has previously run live radio broadcast events from an off-grid tree house in Glen Nevis, the London Science Museum, the Port Eliot Festival and the town of Kilfinane, Republic of Ireland. 

Liz Pickering, Associate Producer, is an event producer specialising in the outdoor arts with a passion for projects that focus on real life experiences. Most recently she has produced a variety of projects for Manchester International Festival and Wild Rumpus.  

Jessica Wiehler, Social Media Officer is a recent graduate of the University of Manchester. Alongside 24 Hours of Peace, Jessica is currently working with Trans Creative.