£0 – £3

Tue, 3 January 2023, 20:00 – 21:00 GMT

This event will be BSL interpreted.


Anna Jordan talks to actor, activist, author & extraordinary human Julie Hesmondhalgh in this webinar on finding hope in the darkest times. A 60 min online webinar with a chance for questions at the end.


This event does what it says on the tin. It’s a conversation about hope.

We find ourselves in a world which feels quite dark, a lot of the time. The pandemic, government corruption, spiralling living costs, climate disaster and international conflict all add to the uneasy feeling that Things Are Not OK. So where do we find hope, when it feels like all is lost?

I’ve wanted to do something simple like this for a long time; have conversations with those people who inspire me and keep me going even when things feel impossible and terrifying. And I want those conversations to be about about hope.

I want it to be a chance to listen, laugh and maybe even cry. (Yikes.) A possible source of comfort and strength. And maybe even a chance to feel a bit less alone. I hope that by putting this conversation in the form of a webinar it will reach as many people as possible. Without a Paddle events are usually for people working in theatre, TV or the arts – but this is really for everyone. Our conversation will be BSL interpreted. And I couldn’t think of anyone more perfect for my first guest than Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Anna J X


Julie Hesmondhalgh was born and brought up in Accrington, Lancashire, and trained at LAMDA. She was a member of Arts Threshold Theatre in London in the 1990s, and is co-founder of the political theatre company Take Back in Manchester, her home city.

She is best known for her award-winning role as Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, a part she played for sixteen years. She has since worked extensively in theatre (Wit, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Greatest Play in the History of the World, There Are No Beginnings), television and film (You & Me, The Pact, Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Black Roses, Doctor Who, Inside No. 9, Catastrophe, Cucumber, Peterloo), and radio, where she is a regular voice on BBC Radio 4. Her Working Diary was published by Methuen Drama in 2019.

Anna Jordan is a writer, director, facilitator and teacher. She trained as an actor at LAMDA but now writes TV and Theatre most of the time. TV Credits include: One Day (Netflix), Succession (HBO), Killing Eve (BBC), Becoming Elizabeth (Starz). Theatre credits include Pop Music (Paines Plough / Birmingham Rep), Yen (Royal Court / Royal Exchange), We Anchor In Hope (Royal Court / Bunker), The Unreturning (Frantic Assembly), Freak (Theatre503), Chicken Shop (Park)

Anna has taught playwriting at Cardboard Citizens, The Royal Court and RADA. She has taught acting and directed at Italia Conti, Arts Ed , ALRA and Hackney Showroom Young Actors. Anna loves teaching and facilitating and organising shit like this and she wants to do more of it.

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3 Jan 2023


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