Our Patrons

Our patrons constitute a special community of like-minded and influential individuals who support us in our goal of creating an inclusive environment to come together and create new work.


Dame Emma Thompson

In 2017 we were delighted to welcome Dame Emma Thompson as our first patron of Scene Gym.



Sabrina Mahfouz

in 2018, the multitalented Sabrina Mahfouz  joined Scene Gym as a patron.


Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet, screenwriter and performer  who was raised in London and Cairo. She has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is the recipient of the 2018 King’s Alumni Arts & Culture Award. She has been shortlisted for The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance, a Women in the Creative Industries Award, an Arts Foundation Award for Performance Poetry and has won a Sky Arts Academy Award for Poetry, a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights and a Fringe First Award. She also writes for children and her play Zeraffa Giraffa won a 2018 Off West End Award. 

Sabrina is the editor of The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a 2017 Guardian Book of the Year and currently nominated for The People’s Book Prize. 

She is an essay contributor to the multi-award-winning The Good Immigrant and is currently writing a biopic of the legendary ‘Godfather of Grime’, rapper and producer Wiley, for Pulse Films. 


The Fenton Arts Trust

We would like to thank The Fenton Arts Trust for their support with our Emerging Artists Research and Development (R&D) Project 2019.