King Hedley II Pre-show Event

King Hedley II Pre-show Event


Join us for a very special pre-show panel discussion on Wed 12 Jun, 6-7pm

Hosted by award winning author and journalist Gary Younge (Guardian journalist), this panel discussion will interrogate the themes and questions raised by the play.

Confirmed panellists include: Rotimi Akinsete (Black Man on the Couch), Jacqueline Gomes-Neves (Political Activist and Lambeth Youth Mayor) and Cephas Williams (56 Black Men).

This is a free ticketed event open to anyone.


Host: Gary Younge
Jacqueline Gomes-Neves
Rotimi Akinsete
Cephas Williams

Gary Younge

Gary Younge is editor-at-large for the Guardian. His latest book, Another Day in the Death of America is published by Guardian Faber. Twitter @garyyounge

Jacqueline Gomes-Neves

Jacqueline is a is a political activist, storyteller and social entrepreneur. She is the first female Lambeth Youth Mayor and recently contributed to an article on the impact of youth violence on women.

Rotimi Akinsete

Rotimi Akinsete is a therapeutic counsellor and clinical supervisor. He was the Director of Wellbeing at the University of Surrey and is about to start a new role as Associate dean of Students at the University of the Arts, London.

He is the founder and director of Black Men on the Couch, a special interest project focusing on psychotherapy and identity politics of African and Caribbean men and boys.

Rotimi has worked as an independent facilitator, trainer and advisor on various transformational leadership programmes And has sat on a number of panels and workshops around the subject of psychotherapy and intersectionality.

Cephas Williams

Cephas is the photographer and founder of the 56 Black Men movement, after taking a series of 56 portrait images he launched the campaign in December 2018 focusing on changing the narrative of black men in the media as an introduction to a much wider conversation.

Cephas’ aim is to create something that positively impacts the black community and works to change stereotypes whilst enhancing the community for the progression of the next generation. He's been working to address stereotypes, to help people start their businesses, access different industries and have black men lead on the conversation surrounding their lived experiences. As part of his work with Drummer Boy he was inspired to create 56 Black Men a movement that does just that. 

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