Tapestry by Nessah Muthy


Young Vic, December 2019 – December 2020


“There is a centred quietness about Nessah Muthy’s Tapestry, made with community participants from Certitude, a charity focusing on supporting those with learning difficulties and mental health issues. Telling of a community choir preparing for a competition, the piece – directed by Audrey Sheffield – offers glimpses into glowing inner lives and also charts the delicate threads of growing friendship. It is unflashy and true.” (Lyn Gardner)


You can watch the film here



A Young Vic Taking Part film in partnership with Certitude

A group come together to form a community choir, and work towards their first ever competitive performance. With a sprinkle of magic, unlikely bonds begin to form as they sing, eat biscuits and quietly alter each other’s lives forever. Tapestry is a heart-warming story about love, loss and letting go.


“TWENTY TWENTY demonstrates that participatory work is just as deserving of its patch of digital sunlight as all the starry Uncle Vanyas or big-name musicals.” (Lyn Gardner)


This inspiring film about the beauty of friendship was written by Nessah Muthy (Small Wonders) for the community participants of Certitude, a leading provider of support to people who have learning disabilities, autism, mental health support needs and their families and carers. Directed by Audrey Sheffield (We Too Are Giants), the film holds the inspirational essence and kindness of the cast members at its centre.

Tapestry was produced to mark the conclusion of Taking Part’s TWENTY TWENTY project, a year-long collaboration with three extraordinary community organisations working in Lambeth and Southwark, which was launched to foster in-depth creative relationships with local people.

This film contains references to suicide and mental health issues.

Director: Audrey Sheffield
Design: Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey
Sound Design: Xana
Movement Director: Corinne Meredith
Assistant Director: Ashen Gupta

For TEA Films:
Director of Photography: Dan Patrick Hipkin
Cinematography: Dan Patrick Hipkin, Joey Julliard, Oliver Bury
Editors: Adam Kes Hipkin, Joey Julliard

Photos: Anthony Lee