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About us

SafetyCurtain assists performers in peril outside of the UK in more than 20 countries around the world.


Many of the creative practitioners we assist with our small grants live in countries that are scarred by extreme poverty, hardship and/or devastating ongoing conflict.


Founded in 1999, and formerly called the International Performers’ Aid Trust, the charity was the brainchild of Hugh Manning, Equity president and former chair of the International Committee for Artists’ Freedom (ICAF).

Sir Richard Attenborough was our first supporter, starting us off with a generous donation, and later the charity was driven energetically and with great panache by president Alan Rickman and others. 

SafetyCurtain is a charitable trust maintained by a one day a week paid secretary, a cohort of 15 passionate trustees, supportive patrons and leading the charge, our presidents Celia and Bill.

Registered Charity No 1078612

Co-Presidents Celia Imrie and Bill Paterson


"Those we support often face battles on a daily basis. They need our help now more than ever. Please support us." - Celia

"We strive to make a vital difference for struggling performers facing peril in the face of poverty or conflict." - Bill

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