StoneCrabs Theatre has been in receipt of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme & the John Fernald Award to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the young people who are members of our Young Directors and Young Actors Projects. We want our young trainees to become capable professionals in the field of theatre as well as raise their aspirations, belief in themselves and support them in making a contribution to their society.

John Fernald Award 2014The John Fernald Award is a separate fund administered by Equity Charitable Trust. It was set up in 1988 from the estate of the late John Fernald, Theatre Director and former Principal of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The aim of the award is to help new Assistant Theatre Directors to gain valuable experience in a professional theatre.

Recipients of the John Fernald Award


Jude Evans

Jude Evans will be working with the company in the productions of Skin in Flames at Park Theatre and Tieta at the Swann Dobcross.


Hattie Coupe

Hattie assisted director Ben Samuels in the company’s production of Kitchen by Gael Le Cornec and assisted the producers in Das Ding at the New Diorama Theatre.


Ferghal Crowley

Ferghal Crowley assisted co-artistic director on the Asphalt Kiss at the New Diorama Theatre, The Burial by Bola Agabje at the Albany and the research and development project The Decorator.


Meziem Ndukwe

Meziem Ndukwe worked on adapting and directing Dorothy West short story An Unimportant Man for the stage. Cherry Pickin Your Blossom was presented at The Albany as part of the Black History Month Festival 2010. During her attachment, Meziem also developed further her leadership and organisational skills in both artistic and management matters.

The Jack Petchey Achievement Award

Established in 1999, The Jack Petchey Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25. The Foundation is eager to help young people take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society. The major focus of our work is the Achievement Award Scheme. The Foundation focuses on London and Essex. Since it has been established the Foundation has awarded grants totalling over £65million. More information about the Scheme and The Foundation visit

Recipients of The Jack Petchey Achievement Award

2015 – 16

Katie­Ann Macdonald

Rebecca Gwyther

Devan Wells


Sian Davila (Young Director)

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (Young Director)

Chloe France (Young Director)


Lynette Linton (Young Director)

Sean Steven Garland (Young Actor)

Katherine Gomez (Young Actor)


Ferghal Crowley (Young Director)

Usomine Irumekhai (Young Actor)

Ose Ejedenawe (Young Actor)


Kemi David (Young Director)

Dipo Oguleye (Young Actor)

Alex JC Forni (Young Director)

Helen Donnelly (Young Director)


Christopher O’Donnell (Young Director)

Josh Bayne (Young Actor)