Playing ON is a Community Interest Company (CIC)


The Board of Directors

Chair Pauline Gladstone

Pauline has recently retired from a career immersed in arts and social justice, with a particular focus on criminal justice working for companies such as Clean Break and Music in Prisons.  Pauline also trained theatre practitioners who were working in challenging contexts such as youth justice.  Earlier on, Pauline spent many years teaching theatre in secondary education and then ran a school for troubled adolescents with a focus on arts-led learning.

I particularly value Playing On because it fights the good fight to give the artistic and social concern equal and ambitious focus and value.

Treasurer Adam Moll

Adam is Head of Services for a charity supporting people in the criminal justice system and people with mental health issues. He has held a number of senior roles in the sector, has published research on the ageing prison population and holds a master’s degree in public policy.

“I particularly value Playing ON because: There is magic in the process.   Every time I see a performance I come away thinking: ‘How the f**k did they do that?’ ”

Secretary Suzy Whitefield

Suzy is an actor, who trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Prior to this, Suzy spent several years working within the insurance industry. She originally worked with Jim and Philip as a member of the Roundhouse Theatre Company, a year long programme in which a group of 12 actors devised and toured work around the UK.

“I particularly value Playing ON because Jim and Philip have an incredible and unique capacity for allowing people to express themselves fully. They listen, watch and understand and provide a voice where one did not exist before.”

Lucy Richardson

Lucy is a director, dramaturg and educator.  Her work focuses on giving a platform to those under represented in the theatre and in society. It spans professional theatre work and large-scale participatory projects.

I particularly value Playing On because they are brave, bold and challenging in both their participatory and their professional work, and in the way in which these two elements work together and inform each other.”

Michael Amaning

Michael is an Actor, facilitator and a Qualified teacher (trained). His passion is the arts and it’s capability to inspire and change people’s lives for the good.

I particularly value Playing On because  we create high quality theatre stemming from the voices and issues researched.  We give opportunities and a voice to the communities we work with, taking them on a journey of self – development and realizing self worth.”

Adviser Jordan Eaton