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– In Memoriam –
Andrew Harries
1964 – 2022

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Andrew was “a giant of a man, with a giant heart to match”.

Andrew became the Artistic Director of Young Actors Theatre Islington (YATI) in 2004. In that time roughly 6,000 local young people have counted themselves as members and thousands more have attended short-term courses at the drama school under Andrew, many of whom credit him directly for transforming their self-confidence.
Andrew always saw YATI’s raison d’etre as creating a future for children of the surrounding neighbourhood. Such is the strength of community that Andrew built at YATI that many staff are former ‘members’ supporting the next generation of Islington’s children to have a better and brighter future.
Through its successful agency and excellence in teaching under Andrew’s guidance, YATI has also played an important role in the development of industry professionals such as Academy award winner Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah), Asa Butterfield (Sex Education), Franz Drameh (Legends of Tomorrow) Ella Purnell (Army of the Dead), Obioma Ugoala (Frozen the musical).

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Kimberly Blake wrote on 13/03/2022
A fantastic man who made be believe in myself before my final audition for my first West End job. Andrew called me to his office and told me to ‘stop apologising for myself’ because ‘you can get this role. You’re talented and you deserve it.’ He saw something in me I didn’t see in myself. Despite me having no degree or formal training, he was right. I got the role. 10 years later I’ve had a rich and varied west end career. Wonderful memories of his energy and spirit that carried Yat Islington and the amount of people changed forever by that magic place. Andrew was the life and soul of YATI and it won’t be the same without his energy. Holding my week old baby in my arms I’m reminded when one door closes, another one opens. RIP Andrew xxxxx
Sarah wrote on 13/03/2022
So shocked and upset that Andrew Harries has passed away. I cannot express how grateful I am to have known him and to have been taught by him. Andrew was one of the most generous and loving people I have ever met. I can honestly say that the year I did my foundation at Yat Islington was one of the happiest years of my life and I cherish it. Andrew gave a space for everyone to be safe to be themselves and grow and have fun. He really believed in me and helped me in so many ways. A brilliant teacher and creative, who I learnt so much from, and a truly one of a kind person. I will never forget you. I will continue to miss you and the hugs you gave. Lots of love to Andrew Harries’ family and friends, and lots of love to the YATI family that Andrew created. ❤️🙏💫🌱🍃💕
Denise Heywood wrote on 13/03/2022
His enthusiasm for getting the most out of all the children was unstoppable.
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