About Rising Tides


Rising Tides is a collective formed of experienced and emerging artists, contributing to wider artistic engagement with the Climate Emergency.


We engage with Educational and Corporate partners, delivering workshops that explore, and inform on, a variety of topics, from Food Waste, Climate Migration, Plastic Pollution, Fast Fashion, and Working Together Sustainably, using drama exercises and techniques.


Our first project was a takeover at HighTide Festival. We were delighted to present four exciting pieces of new writing (Two Fish, and Fracture by Steve Casey, Limpets by Jonnie Bayfield, Fridge! by Polly Churchill) and an immersive multi-media experience (Think Tank, devised by Chris Lawson & Paul Webster).


We were subsequently awarded Arts Council funding to research and develop Two Fish, Fridge! and Think Tank in partnership with the Arcola Theatre.


We held a rehearsed reading of Mu'assel by Riad Ismat (previous Syrian Minister of Culture) at Diorama Arts Centre, with donations going towards the The Red Crescent.


We hosted Letters to The Earth with The Space, Isle of Dogs, performing and discussing letters contributed by poets, citizens, playwrights and politicians, from all over the globe, connecting to the Climate Emergency.

Most recently we produced two plays in repertory at The Space, Isle of Dogs. Gasping by Ben Elton, and Between Two Waves by Ian Meadows.

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Neil Sheppeck - Artistic Director & Creative Producer

Neil was the creative force behind Love&Madness directing and performing in over 25 UK & Eire Tours. Now he still acts and directs, but is devoting a lot of his time to developing plays and projects addressing the challenges faced by Environmental Change.

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Gavin DentCompany Manager

Gavin is a director and drama facilitator by trade. His work as director has seen him lead him to create work leading both professional and non-professionals actors in a number productions Gavin feels addressing the issue of climate change as a stimulus to create new theatre is an worthy and important challenge

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Mark Rylance

Mark is considered to be one of the greatest actors of his generation, receiving an Academy Award, two Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards for his work. ⁠
⁠In 1995 Mark was also the first artistic director of Globe Theatre, until 2006.⁠

When we asked him to be our patron he said he'd be honoured to, the feeling is very mutual! His long-standing concern about the issue of climate change and his actions to promote these issues are shared by us, so we are very honoured and proud to call him our patron. ⁠

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Ece Ozdemiroglu EFTEC

Ece Özdemiroğlu FRSA, is the Founding Director of EFTEC.

She is a Member of the Adaptation Committee of the

Committee on Climate Change and the convener of the

British Standards Institute’s Assessing and Valuing Natural

Capital expert group (SES/1/1/2) currently writing a standard

on natural capital accounting.



Jonathan Rennison - Fundraiser

Jonathan is the founding director of the yellowchair and an

experienced Non-Executive Director. He is an organisational

psychologist and leadership coach, specialising in leadership

resilience, change and transition and executive career




Tom Burke - Chairman, E3G

Founder of E3G in 2004 with CEO Nick Mabey, Chairman Tom Burke and John Ashton to deliver transformational policy change. E3G maintains full independence in all its activities. We are funded by a mix of foundations, government bodies and NGOs.