Unrelated Stories

Our first event ‘Unrelated Stories’ was performed live on Zoom in July 2020

With the help of an actor. From Israel to Sierra Leone, war crimes to Dungeons and Dragons and climate change to stand-up comedy, five stories which have never been heard before.

  • James Ruddy and ‘Miracle Girl’
  • Rosie Whitehouse and ‘Five Lessons from the Ramp’
  • Peter Ray Allison and ‘The Dice Finds a Way’
  • Chris Stephen and ‘Dark Heart’
  • Kirsty Styles and ‘Ten Minutes to Save the Planet’,

with actor Michael Hanratty bringing their stories to life.

Peter Ray Allison

Peter is a freelance journalist for over ten years and has been gaming thrice that. He has combined these to write about the intersection between gaming and culture for the BBC, The Guardian and others, as well as writing about science and technology for Alphr and Computer Weekly.

Rosie Whitehouse

Rosie is a journalist specialising in Jewish life after the Holocaust. She writes for BBC Online, the Observer, The Independent, Tablet magazine, The Jewish Chronicle, Haaretz and others. She is an historical advisor at the Vienna-based Centropa, a Jewish history institute and author of The People on the Beach: Journeys to Freedom After the Holocaust (Hurst, 2020).

James Ruddy

James is an award-winning journalist and editor who’s worked in war-torn Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, N. Ireland, Rwanda and Sudan. More recently he covered the Falklands, Uganda, China, New Zealand, Central America and North Korea for most major UK media outlets. His early autobiography The Kindness of a Stranger is published by The Erskine Press.

Chris Stephen

Chris Stephen, freelance journalist covering Libya for The Guardian and Petroleum Economist. Reported for The Guardian and other newspapers from nine wars, including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Libya. Author of Judgement Day: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic, Atlantic Monthly Press (New York) 2005.

Michael Hanratty

As a screen actor Michael appeared in the BBC Golden Globe winning series Killing Eve and the Netflix series Murder Maps. Stage work includes a UK tour of The Turn of the Screw produced by Mercury Theatre. He is currently developing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, a screenplay about a heist and a play about a struggling band in Manchester.

Kirsty Styles

Kirsty is a journalist, campaigner, researcher and performer, advocating for good information, ethical technology and diverse leadership, currently doing a PhD on the environmental sustainability of ‘the media’. She’s worked for the New Statesman, Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Standup for Journalism, created an award-winning podcast and a flagship public speaker training programme for women in tech in the North.

Catherine Adams – Director

Catherine is a journalist and senior lecturer in communications at Nottingham Trent University. She has worked as a newsreader and foreign correspondent for BBC, The Guardian, The Times and for a variety of print, agency, online, radio and TV outlets around the world. She has published several academic papers on journalism and enjoys writing and directing plays for stage and radio.

Dr. Glenda Cooper – Co-producer

Dr Glenda Cooper is a senior lecturer in journalism at City, University of London and a writer. Her work been performed at the Pleasance Theatre Islington; Rose Theatre Studio, Kingston; Theatre503 and Irlam Fringe. She was selected for the 2016 Royal Court playwriting group and shortlisted for the 2019 Exeter Novel Prize. Find her at @glendacooper or https://www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/glenda-cooper

With thanks to the crew:

Eve Judah – Assistant Director
Molly Higgins – Art, Design and Social Media Editor
Ben Cook – Website Designer and Technical Consultant
Raashi Khatri – Technical Operator
Glenda Cooper – Co-Producer
Danny Higgins – Technical Assistant