Jamie-Lee O’Donnell is our new patron!

We are honoured and pleased to announce that Jamie-Lee O’Donnell of Derry Girls fame joins poet Lemn Sissay as a patron of 20 Stories High.

Jamie-Lee first worked with us back in 2016 as an actor in our show ‘I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. Trip…’, which then went on to become a BBC Live TV adaptation and has since toured to international documentary film festivals. Since then she has become a valued friend of the company.

Jamie-Lee says:

‘Like me, 20 Stories High are interested in telling honest, authentic stories that come from working class communities. I grew up in Derry and I know that getting involved in the arts has helped me understand the importance of being able to express myself creatively and understand my voice.  Coming from a working-class background myself, I truly believe having an emotional and creative outlet is something very powerful and important.

The times ahead are uncertain in terms of how companies make work, and young people’s voices are heard, but I look forward to being part of the conversations. One of the things I’ll be doing is having a Zoom hang out with the 20SH youth theatre in Liverpool and checking out what’s going on with them.

We know lots of young people are struggling with the isolation, and it’s really important that we think about their wellbeing, and the opportunities available to them once the lockdown starts to ease. I’m really looking forward to listening and joining in those conversations.”


20SH Co-Artistic Director Julia Samuels says:

‘We delighted that Jamie-Lee has come on board and we look forward to working with her to discover what the future will look like for young audiences and participants’. 


In addition to this, the BBC recently announced that ‘I told my Mum that I was going on an R.E. Trip…’ is back on iPlayer for the next month as part of their Culture in Quarantine – click here to watch it.

Welcome to the 20 Stories High Community Jamie-Lee. We’re looking forward to the next part of our adventure wherever that may take us!

Find out more about Jamie-Lee’s work here