Posted on 23 April 2020.

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Hampstead Theatre is thrilled to announce its collaboration with The Outsiders Project on their storytelling project Tattoo. 

By working together we hope to provide new, creative opportunities for our communities during this unprecedented period of isolation and reach the widest possible number of unheard voices. ​

The mission is simple. One photo of a tattoo. One story of the tattoo.

Every tattoo has meaning: we use them to tell our stories and to choose how we are seen. This project uses tattoos as a window into the lives of people across the globe and as a unique opportunity to hear their authentic voices.

We are actively seeking voices not traditionally represented in the mainstream. Participants can write their own story and submit alongside the photo, or if they prefer they speak over the phone to one of the project organisers.

To follow the project and see the stories collected so far, visit

Nell Leyshon (playwright, novelist and Deputy Chair of Shakespeare's Globe) is Artistic Director of The Outsiders Project, a Bournemouth-based arts organisation which gives voice to the unheard by making outstanding work with marginalised people. Nell is currently under commission with Hampstead Theatre; previous plays at Hampstead include Comfort Me With Apples and Glass Eels.

Tattoo is the first collaboration between The Outsiders Project and Hampstead Theatre. 


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