Black Theatre Live

Pitch Lake Productions

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166 Hucknal Road,

Telephone: 0798 1696 629
Contact: Michelle Inniss
Email: [email protected]

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A Nottingham based theatre production company which aims to bring unheard voices and untold stories to the stage. Co-founders Cathy Tyson, Michelle Inniss and Cara Nolan.

Pitch Lake is thought to be the largest deposit of natural asphalt in the world. The lake is a mix of viscous tar on which birds can stand gazing out at the green bush which surrounds it, and hot water in which they can bathe. It is said that Pitch Lake's water can cure any ailment.

Pitch Lake is located in La Brae, south west Trinidad. La Brae means 'pitch' in Spanish and the vuillage is one of the most affluent in Trinidad and Tobago.

Pitch Lake is an extaordinary place in Trinidad , a lake of Tar on which you can stand. his is what we are doing as a prodcution company, laying strong foudnations on which we can stage issues which we think are not spoken about today but we feel should be.

Cathy Tyson - Actor Cathy Tyson is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated actress with over three decades of experience in the creative industries, she is known for her roles in film, television and theatre. She began her career at the Liverpool Everyman at the age of 17 before joining the RSC in 1984. She is best known for her role in Mona Lisa(1986) along side Bob Hoskins. In 2012 she finished a Degree in English and Drama at Brunel University. Cathy Tyson will be starring in Pitch Lake Productions' first small-scale tour with Black Theatre Live, She Called Me Mother, as protagonist Evangeline. Cathy's most recent theatre credits include: Bright Pheonix (Liverpool Everyman) Stand (Oxford Playhouse) Monkey Bars (Traverse and Touring) Snakes & Ladders (Arcola Theatre). Special Interests: BAME theatre, roles for older women, classics, creative writing.

Michelle Inniss - Writer Michelle Inniss is a playwright and short story writer. She teaches Spanish in a primary school and is a mother of two. Michelle is studying an MA in Creative Writing: The Novel at Brunel University, where she is developing her first novel. She Called Me Mother is her first play, which Pitch Lake Productions will be touring in 2015 with Black Theatre Live, she is currently working on her second play: They Know Not What They Do.  Michelle's short story Whatever Lola Wants, will be published in Peepal Tree's 2015 anthology entitled: Closure. Michelle's prizes include: Longlisted for the Angle at the Bush Theatre 2012. Shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2009/10. Decibel Penguin runners up Prize 2006. Special Interests: Spanish culture, telenovelas, visual art and crafts, stand-up comedy, education, opera, world music, the culture of Trinidad.

Cara Nolan - Director Cara Nolan recently graduated from RADA with an MA in Directing. She studied Theatre Arts at the University of Derby, graduating in 2008, and has since worked as an actor, writer, lecturer and director. Cara formed Uncontained Arts Theatre Company in 2009 and worked as their Artistic Director for 5 years. The company specialised in children's theatre. Cara built their national touring repertoire, developed international engagement with The English Theatre in Warsaw, Poland, and visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a number of shows at the Gilded Balloon. Cara also formed, in collaboration with Aim Higher, a youth theatre project called 'Performing for Success' which focused on engaging students on the verge of exclusion and working with teenagers with autism.

As Creative Producer for the Derby Theatre, Cara programmed and ran the Derby Theatre Studio and assisted Artistic Director Sarah Brigham in programming the 'Departure Lounge Festival' in July 2013.


She Called Me Mother

She Called Me Mother

8 October 2015

Pitch Lake Productions