Meet the artists

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

You can find out more about Neil and his work  here, at

The performers

Performer Adjoa Andoh talks about why she wanted to be part of this project

The specially assembled company which performed  TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF PEACE mixed 24 community performers with 24 professional actors. This meant that voices from across Greater Manchester were heard speaking  out for peace alongside voices such as those of Adjoa Andoh , Liz Carr, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Sherrylee Houston, Toby Jones, Kate O’Donnell and Miranda Richardson.


Inga Hirst from the Royal Exchange Theatre talks about putting the company together.

The Cast

The Cast

Sara Abanur, Esh Alladi, Adjoa Andoh, Mina Anwar, Hafsah Bashir, Alicia Bloundele, Oceana Cage, Richard Cant, Liz Carr, Hiba Choudhry, Sandra Cole, Gillian Cragg, Derbhle Crotty, Kieran Cunningham, Stephen Dale, Tom Durrant, Abas El Janabi, Joe Emmerson, David Fleeshman, Tamzin Griffin, Daniel Healiss, Carla Henry, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Cherylee Houston, Liz Hume Dawson, Kate Ireland, Steven Ireland, Chris Jack, Toby Jones, Deborah Leech, Wyllie Longmore, David Longworth, Eileen Longworth, Sarah Mather, Andy Muzondiwa, Kate O’Donnell, Alison Peebles, Sameera Reyani, Steffan Rhodri, Guy Rhys, Miranda Richardson, Hazel Roy, Marlon Solomon, Alima Sonne, Maggie Steed, Maureen Stirpe, Sharma Walfall, Yusra Warsama

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.

Darren Spruce, Artist Liaison Manager, is a festival organiser & PA. He co-founded Happy Valley Pride Festival in Hebden Bridge and also works with Trans Creative and Tim Whitehead Management. As well as Happy Valley Pride, he has recently worked on True North Festival and Trans Vegas.

Jo Harper, script assistant, is a playwright and screenwriter. She has created plays using the headphone verbatim technique and she likes to focus on female led storytelling and lived experience.

Sophie Williams, Social Media Lead Officer, started out her career working on the BBC’s factual and radio drama output. She then moved over to working on a variety of BBC social media accounts. Her passion is bringing stories to life on social media and finding new and innovative ways to engage audiences.