The Heathrow 13

In July 2015, 13 activists occupied the Northern runway at Heathrow airport as a protest against airport expansion.

In February 2016 they were found guilty of aggravated trespass and being unlawfully airside and sentenced to 6 weeks prison, suspended for 12 months, 120-180 hours community service and £500-£1000 costs.

Inspired by and with the support of the Heathrow 13, this project will create a celebratory performance event with activist intent.

The project aims to raise awareness about some surprising facts about aviation in the UK and to inspire audiences to join the campaign against airport expansion, as well as inspiring audiences to take action on climate change more widely. The ambition is to create a performance to tour the UK.


Following successful work-in-progress showings at Central School of Speech and Drama and the Cambridge Junction I’m now looking for performers to join a small company for the next phase of research and development. Drop me a line if you’re interested – hugochapman[at]

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About hughchapmansblog

Poet and performance maker based in Cambridge and London

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