ABOUT


At a time of political turmoil, unprecedented world events and an increasingly divided society, what does inspiring leadership sound like? 

Figures of Speech, a major new digital film project for 2017, will interrogate the vitality of speech to remember.

The Almeida Theatre brings together the most exciting artists to take risks; to provoke, inspire and surprise our audiences; to interrogate the present, dig up the past and imagine the future.

And so, we are on a quest to rediscover leadership, to put history’s greatest speeches back on the map, to come together and experience the moments when men and women stood in front of people to find that words are electric, hope is immortal and ideas can carve a path through history and into the future.

A concert of voices who demand to be heard, either again or for the first time, will take centre stage, as Figures of Speech uses the power of performance to explore big political and social ideas. This website creates a platform for a wider interrogation of what leadership and the power of the spoken word mean in 2017.


GET INVOLVED

Take part in Figures of Speech and join our Young Leaders Programme

As part of Figures of Speech we're looking for young people aged 16 – 25 with big ideas, something vital to say about the world we live in and the desire to influence positive change.

If that’s you come and take part in our exciting leadership and speech writing programme.

You don’t need any previous experience in speech writing or public speaking, you just need to have an innovative idea you want to share or have a desire to challenge and inspire people to think differently about an issue that is important to you.

Interested? Click here to find out more.


Credits

Direction: Anthony Almeida

Film: Todd MacDonald for Illuminations Media

Sound (Graphics): Dan Balfour

Graphics: Joseph Pierce for Illuminations Media

Casting: Sophie Holland

Producer: Lucy Pattison

Community Producer: Sarah Tarry

Production Assistant: Sam South

Website: Phil Brooks

Young Leaders Writing Mentor: Brad Birch

 

Heartfelt thanks to:

Rupert Goold, Dani Parr and everyone at the Almeida Theatre


SUPPORTING THE ALMEIDA

 

Figures of Speech has been generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

With thanks also to the following  individuals who have generously contributed towards Figures of Speech:

Mr and Mrs Karl Dannenbaum
Marcia and Richard Grand  
David and Jean Grier
Susan Hahn and Duncan Moore
Stephanie P. McClelland and Green Curtain Productions
Gregory Nasmyth and Samantha Rowe-Beddoe

 

Love the Almeida? Consider supporting our work. Each year we must raise £2m in addition to our Box Office income and Arts Council England subsidy. Every donation we receive however large or small, is crucial in helping us to achieve our artistic ambitions. 
Find out more about supporting the Almeida at almeida.co.uk/support-us

 

For further information on how you can support our work, please contact:

Gemma Cook (Deputy Director of Development, Interim)
gcook@almeida.co.uk
020 7288 4934