Background

Theatre of Debate became an independent company in 2014 with Director and Founder, Nigel Townsend taking forwards the 25+ year legacy of Y Touring Theatre Company.


Under Nigel’s leadership, Y Touring produced over 50 regional, national and international tours of plays by professional playwrights including Judith Johnson, Judy Upton, Jonathan Hall, Nicola Baldwin and Rhiannon Tise, reaching over 2 million young people in schools, youth clubs, community venues, studio theatres, prisons and young offenders centres. Much of its work since 1995 has been supported by the Wellcome Trust.


The company is now extending the work through digital media, developing new models of public engagement, reaching new audiences and building new partnerships.


“one of the most successful and high quality projects in the Wellcome Trust’s Engaging Science portfolio” Lisa Jamieson, Head of Engaging Science, Wellcome Trust




Photographs by Robert Workman






Theatre of Debate is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England (09299573) and a registered charity (1164944). Registered office: Theatre of Debate, 19 Battlebridge Court, Wharfdale Rd, London N1 9UA