Our cast and production team for Tobias and Syd


Tobias and Syd Play

Writer and Director: Elspeth Penny

Dramaturgy and Executive Producer: Sara Davies

Sound and Editing: Iain Hunter

Producer: Elspeth Penny

And the Music was composed and performed by Matthew Sheeran.

Tobias: Sion Daniel Young

Syd: Ell Potter

Nell/Joan: Kezrena James

Columbus/ John Donne: Joseph Tweedale

Harry: Joseph Tweedale

Newsreaders: Gaia Ashwood, Joseph Tweedale

Teenagers: Aaron Donovan and Reuben Orr

Breath voices: Cast and Production Team

Co-production advisory panel: Charlotte Bailey, Arthur Burston, Andrea Hernandez, Aggie Nyagari, Sol Okasha, Evie Shortman, Jack Owen, Bede Burston, Lois Barton, Miles Chambers.

Young Advocate: Elisha Westmore

Photos and Videos: Tom Sparey, Arthur Burston, Nick Sutton

Illustration: Maria Herreros

Additional thankyous for all the wider help, support and additional material from more people that can be mentioned. Thanks to Andrew Russell, Alice Malpass, David Richmond, Deasy Bamford, Theatre Orchard, Julie Peel, Becky Condron, Elisha Westmore, our invaluable advisory group – Arthur Burston, Charlotte Bailey, Bede Burston, Aggie Nyagari, Evie, Sol, Andrea Hernandez, Jack and Ben. To our early stage exploratory cast – Kirsty Cox and Chris Pirie and the audience that chose this play. Also to Miles Chambers, Angie Belcher, 2BU’s non-executive advisory board, Fiona Matthews, Paul Appleby, Barny Hole, Justine Schneider. To Innovate Edge Uk, Heather Wright, Saikat Ahamed, Aisha Ali, Mya-Rose Craig, Lee Hutchinson and the MShed, The Island, The Puppet Place, Lois Barton, Clevedon School drama department and students,

First Nation producer Jim Compton, the first Indigenous screen summit at Rocky Awards 2021, Jean Rankin, The Bristol Packet, Tess Davidson, Raffy Vanderwal, Elizabeth Rahman, Kate Binnie, Karing Silver and Louis Laurence from Tobacco Tactics group, Alex Gapud, Matthew Chapman from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Angie Athay-Hunt and the Open Door adult drama participants at Theatre Orchard and Havi Carel.

Special thanks to those in Breathe Easy Groups who wrote Breath letters, as part of Letter to My Breath, Life of Breath Project whose voices inspired and are heard in this play. Also to our funders at Arts Council England and ESRC IAA.