Stand & Be Counted Theatre

‘Push, provoke and unravel the status quo.’


Stand and Be Counted Theatre was founded to create works that tackle society’s most taboo issues head-on with unflinching heart and honesty. We believe deeply in the importance of theatre as a tool to promote social change and give voice to the unheard and under-represented in our society. We make campaign theatre that empowers audiences to have their say.
SBC is a collaboration between theatre-maker Hannah Butterfield, writer and performer Rosie MacPherson and producer John Tomlinson. In 2016, SBC Theatre became the first ‘Theatre Company of Sanctuary’ following the success of ‘TANJA’ – a contemporary theatre work and social campaign to end the detention of vulnerable asylum  seekers in Immigration Removal Centres.  'TANJA' enjoyed two sold out UK tours and was presented at The Houses of Parliament to hundreds of cross party MPs and fellow campaigners. 'TANJA' is led by SBC collaborator Emily Ntshangase-Wood, who has first-hand experience of being held in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire, England.


Our latest piece, WHERE WE BEGAN, is a collaboration with four international artists and will tour nationally in 2018. The piece is a winner of Bridging the Gap and is supported by Old Vic Lab, CAST and Theatre in the Mill.

SBC co-produced THE JOURNEYS with Third Angel. commissioned by Migration Matters Festival. The piece is a durational, large-scale map-making performance about the history of migration.  It was presented as one of only eight selected performances at the Caravan Showcase, Brighton Festival 2018.

SBC have been commissioned by ArtReach to create VOICES - THE VISITOR, an outdoor community procession piece celebrating cultural exchange, developed with 100 community participants, for Journeys Festival International 2018.

In collaboration with Leeds Beckett University, we work with and mentor students to produce bespoke theatre projects - Stand and Be Counted (2017) and Manifesto Move! (2018) for Latitude Festival.

SBC run workshops for asylum seekers and refugees across the country, throughout the year.  More info here.

For more performance dates, and events check out our COMING UP page!