SBC Theatre ‘Push, provoke and unravel the status quo.’ Stand and Be Counted Theatre is a collaboration between theatre-maker Hannah Butterfield, writer and performer Rosie MacPherson and producer John Tomlinson. In 2016, SBC Theatre became the first ‘Theatre Company of Sanctuary’ following the success of a national tour of ‘TANJA’ – a contemporary theatre work and social campaign to end the detention of vulnerable asylum seekers in Immigration Removal Centres. As part of the tour, this work was also presented at The Houses of Parliament to hundreds of cross party MPs and fellow campaigners. ’TANJA’ is led by SBC collaborator Emily Ntshangase-Wood, who has first-hand experience of being held in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire, England. This production will tour again in Autumn 2017. Recently, as part of Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield and during Refugee Week, SBC co-produced ‘The Journeys’ with Third Angel; a durational, large-scale map-making performance about the history of migration. SBC were commissioned by Leeds Beckett University to work with and mentor students to produce a bespoke theatre project presented at Latitude Festival 2017, exploring millennials and politics. They have recently been announced as winners of the Bridging the Gap scheme, to develop their new piece, (DIS)PLACE, with five venues across the north east; ARC Stockton, Live Theatre, Gala Theatre, The Maltings and Sunderland MACQ. SBC was founded to create works that tackle society’s most taboo issues head-on with unflinching heart and honesty. They believe deeply in the importance of theatre as a tool to promote social change and give voice to the unheard and under-represented in our society. For more information, visit their website here.