Emilija Ellen.

Image by John Clark

Emilija Ellen is an actor, voice-over artist and producer. She plays Sarah in my new project, which was devised during the UK’s Covid-19 Lockdown.

It’s Mandy’s 50th Birthday celebration and you’re invited!

At its heart, this story aims to empower anyone — directly or indirectly affected by domestic abuse, such as a friend, family member, colleague or neighbour who suspects something isn’t right.


I created a short drama specifically for online media highlights domestic abuse, with an urgent and positive message that #YouAreNotAlone.

Drawn from personal testimony, the story invites the audience to join Mandy and her nearest and dearest as they celebrate her 50th birthday.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Actors: Rhona Finch, Dan Edge, Emilija Ellen & Moira Malone)
Writer & Producer: Kate Willoughby

RHONA FINCH (Mandy)

Rhona Finch is an actress, singer and musician.

Rhona has appeared in plays ranging from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Orton’s What the Butler Saw to a number of contemporary plays.

Since her Multiple Sclerosis progressed she has written and given…


The short drama I have created during lockdown highlights domestic abuse.

It has an urgent and positive message, that I hope you will help me share.

Join Mandy’s nearest and dearest,
as they celebrate her 50th birthday,
in a story for today that celebrates
family, friendship and hope.
#YouAreNotAlone

Trailer 1: You’re invited to Mandy’s 50th birthday party!

Here’s why I created the story and why I believe it matters:

Audience feedback

From virtual rehearsed readings last week:

“What an important and pertinent issue to shine a light on and what a fantastic piece. I think for a general audience it might open a lot of people’s eyes.”
— LEAH

“I am really impressed…


HM Government “AT HOME SHOULDN’T MEAN AT RISK” image. FIND SUPPORT AT: gov.uk/domestic-abuse #YouAreNotAlone.
HM Government “AT HOME SHOULDN’T MEAN AT RISK” image. FIND SUPPORT AT: gov.uk/domestic-abuse #YouAreNotAlone.
HM Government “AT HOME SHOULDN’T MEAN AT RISK” campaign. FIND SUPPORT AT: gov.uk/domestic-abuse

Now is not the time to look away, worrying that you may be making a fuss over nothing.

“This was a 24/7 event before the pandemic and women and children are at increased risk at the moment because they have fewer opportunities to connect with friends and family and go to school and sports and be away from this environment.

“Our biggest concern for an extended lockdown is there is so little relief for women and children”
— Dr Marsha Scott, Chief executive of Scottish Women’s Aid

Thanks to campaigners, the Home Office the #YouAreNotAlone campaign, to help address the very real danger facing some women and children during the Covid-19 lock down in the UK.

Because the…


A blank page, a new start. The past three years have been unforgettable, difficult, humbling and inspiring.

Blank canvas, with suffragette colours frame (purple, white and green).
Blank canvas, with suffragette colours frame (purple, white and green).

Last December dealt a sickening blow, a kind of political Armageddon: bruising, brutal and heartbreaking, but also a wiping clean of the slate.

After some quiet reflection over the past few weeks, we accept the result means the UK will leave the EU on 31st January.

In acknowledging this, we also understand that the need for reaching out and helping to heal divisions is more urgent than ever. Because there are even greater things at stake, including the climate emergency, equality and peace.

Kate Willoughby

Actor, writer, proud Yorkshirewoman & p-t suffragette. CD @Emilymatters. #YouAreNotAlone

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