LIFT 2024 Production Support Circles

Join our Support Circles and help bring bold and pioneering theatre to life, deepen your involvement, and gain an insider’s view to the creative processes of renowned, global artists featuring in LIFT 2024.

You can play a special role in bringing LIFT 2024 to life, by joining as a LIFT 2024 Friend (from £1,000) or joining one of our Production Support Circles for a bespoke connection with specific pieces of work (from £5,000).

To become a LIFT 2024 Friend (£1,000+) and receive our membership benefits for one year,  you can donate here or sign-up as a City (£1,000) or Global (£2,500) Member here

For this year’s Festival, we are directing Production Circle support towards two special projects. ECHO by Nassim Soleimanpour and Omar Elerian and a curated Festival collection of five Female-led pieces. If you’re passionate about bringing bold international theatre London, this the place for you!

As a member of our Support Circles, you will receive:  

  • Exclusive updates as each production develops  
  • Tickets reserved for post-show talks and press nights where you can join us a drink alongside the show’s creative team 
  • Networking opportunities to meet with other Circle Supporters during the festival run 
  • Bespoke options for engagement  
  • Priority booking 


ECHO Support Circle (from £5,000)


ECHO (Every Cold-Hearted Oxygen) by Nassim Soleimanpour (Berlin/Tehran) and Omar Elerian (Milan/London) 

This performance reunites two prolific theatre makers to create Nassim Soleimanpour’s most poignant, profound, and personal play to date. The inventive and imaginative use of theatrical tricks and video sleight of hand will underpin a reflective journey examining home, displacement, and the migrant experience. Alongside Omar, Nassim returns to London for this world premiere more than 10 years after appearing in LIFT 2012. 

Empowering Women Through Performance

Support Circle (from £5,000) 


Within this year’s festival, we are proud to present a special series of female-led work from across the globe. To ensure these projects fulfil their potential, we are looking for supporters and partners who champion female equality, creativity, and innovation. 

By joining this Support Circle, you will get closer to renowned female artists using ground-breaking approaches to explore personal and intimate stories from around the world. 


The Trials and Passions of Unfamous Women | Janaina Leite and Lara Duarte (São Paulo) and Clean Break (London)  

Brazilian documentary theatre maker Janaina Leite and Lara Duarte collaborates with Clean Break’s ensemble of women who have experienced the criminal justice system. Audiences will encounter the voices of historic and mythic women and the personal stories and passions of the women on stage, labelled as transgressive as we witness truth and fiction collide. 

L’Animale | Chiara Bersani (Italy) 

Daring and renowned disabled Italian stage artist Chiara Bersani creates a moving and stirring performance with the UK premiere of this intimate presentation that celebrates diversity, disability, the environment, and inclusion. 

Democracy From Where I Stand

LIFT and the Financial Times come together to create a hub of ideas around democracy. In what originally started as a digital film series focusing on women’s view of democracy from renowned writers Margaret Atwood, Aditi Mittal, Lola Shoneyin, and Elif Shafak, will turn into a live event held at The Dutch Church during LIFT 2024. 

Bacchae: Prelude to a Purge | Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Lisbon) 

A polyphonic stage experience, taking inspiration from the texts of Euripides, combining them with grotesque, fantastical carnival-like elements to a monstrous and joyous piece. This leading performance maker makes her long awaited UK debut. 

L’Homme Rare | Nadia Beugré (Abidjan/Montpellier) 

Leading French and Ivoirian choreographer Nadia Beugre participates in LIFT 2024 with L’Homme Rare, a searing and exciting study of masculinity. The issue of gender has always featured in Nadia Beugré’s work, but in L’Homme Rare she tackles it head-on, questioning the attention paid to bodies and the qualities attributed to their movements.


To join a Support Circle, or for an informal chat about opportunities for support, please get in touch with our Head of Development, Jo Gooding at