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

Figures of Speech 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  leadership and the power of the spoken word.

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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 Mentors: Anthony AlmeidaBrad Birch and Molly Taylor

Heartfelt thanks to:
Rupert Goold, Dani Parr and everyone at the Almeida Theatre



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


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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:

Sarah Harwood (Director of Development)
020 7288 4933