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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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Steve Campbell wrote on 13/03/2022
Andrew was one of those people that within minutes of meeting them, you know they are a force for good. You know, value added for the whole country
Flynn Dennison wrote on 13/03/2022
“He taught us all so much and we all can’t thank him enough for the futures he set out for us. I wish I could thank him for what he’s done.”
Jamie wrote on 13/03/2022
Andrew enabled hundreds and hundreds of people to believe in themselves, and change their own lives. In the midst of the last years of global madness, Andrew was a voice of balance and compassion; we have lost a great man.
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