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Theatre director and producer Jude Kelly talked to Aleks about growing up in ‘50s Liverpool, finding and fostering revolutionary theatre, and about a woman many refer to as ‘The Mother of Modern Theatre’. 

Jude Kelly is a British theatre director and producer. She has directed more than a hundred plays and her work has appeared at the Royal Theatre Company, London’s West End, and the Châtelet in Paris. She was 26 years old when she took on the role of Artistic Director at the Battersea Arts Centre, and then 12 years at Britain’s biggest cultural institution, the Southbank Centre in central London. In 2010, Jude took a side step, and started her own thing, the Women of the World Festival. 

To find out more about Jude Kelly and possibly how to attend one of her WOW fests… go to

You can find more on Joan Littlewood on the British Library’s website, under the title, ‘An introduction to Joan Littlewood’s theatre practice’.

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