Black Theatre Live



Krupa Pattani  - Caneze - Krupa trained at Drama Studio London. Theatre credits include: Peter Pan (Polka Theatre), Robin Hood (Octagon Theatre Bolton), A Midsummer Night’s Dream,Othello, Cyrano de Bergerac, Twelfth Night and Masters Are You Mad (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre), Bollywood Cinderella, Kanjoos the Miser and Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood (Tara Arts), Dinnerladies: Second Helpings (UK Tour) and Moonfleece (London and UK tour). TV credits include: MI High (Kudos) andCasualty (BBC). Film credits include: Dumpee (Sasha Collington), Honeycomb Lodge (Lesley Manning), Sick (NFTS, David Winstone) and Smoke (Tuppence Films, Martin Gooch). 

Adam Samuel-Bal  Sully - Adam is a graduate of the Guildford of School of Acting. Theatre credits include:Sohovik, Damn Yankees (Brockley Jack), Aladdin (Theatre Royal Leamington Spa), Half 'n' Half (National Theatre of Wales) and Children of Eden (Aria-Entertainment). Workshops include: Feelin' in the Mood (Chet Walker) andRomance of the Rose (Racky Plews). Commercials include: AirTel (Asia).

Emteaz Hussain (author) is a performance poet, playwright and workshop leader. Her acclaimed first play, Sweet Cider, was produced by Tamasha in 2008 following her outstanding work through the Tamasha Developing Artists (TDA) programme’s New Writing Course. Blood was originally performed in 2010 at The Gate Theatre as part of Tamasha’s new writing showcase, Propeller. She is currently commissioned by Pilot Theatre, Clean Break and is on assignment to the Royal Court Theatre, London. As a spoken word artist she has performed nationally and internationally and has toured, in the past, with Transglobal Underground, Fundamental, Hustlers HC and as a backing poet with the Benjamin Zephaniah band. Emteaz works extensively as a workshop practitioner in both statutory and community settings, specialising in Pupil Referral Units.

Esther Richardson (director & dramaturg) is a freelance theatre and film director. She has worked as an Associate for Soho Theatre, Derby LIVE and Cast in Doncaster. She founded the new writing company Theatre Writing Partnership which ran for 10 years in Nottingham. Her varied work as a director includes productions for Nottingham Playhouse, Derby LIVE, Royal and Derngate Northampton, Soho Theatre and Bolton Octagon. Her film work includes two short films, one of which, The Cake, was chosen as the UK film for the Women in Film in Television International Showcase and was screened all over the world in 2012. She was also one of eight emerging film directors to be selected for Creative England’s prestigious iFeatures2 feature film development scheme in 2012.

Sara Perks  Designer Sara has designed over 140 productions, for a wide variety of theatres, venues, sites and genres. Betty Blue Eyes toured nationally last year, and other notable designs include Spring Storm and Beyond the Horizon (NT and Royal & Derngate); The King and I (national tour & Curve); Gypsy, Hello Dolly! and Hotstuff(Curve); The Glee Club (CAST, Doncaster); Depot (a multi-discipline promenade site-specific piece); Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; Journey’s End (all for The Mercury, Colchester); Return to the Forbidden Planet (tour); Forgotten Thingsand Ugly (Red Ladder); Elixir of Love (co-design Grange Park Opera); Neil LaBute’s Helter Skelter / Land of the Dead / The Furies (touring for The Bush & Dialogue); Union Street - Plymouth Theatre Royal’s millennium project with a cast of over 230. She also designed the original production of the cult musical Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. She has been Associate Designer at The Mercury, Colchester and English Touring Theatre (designs included Eden End, Romeo & Juliet) and holds an Edinburgh Fringe First; The John Elvery Theatre Design Award and a Vision Design (Costume) Award from the BBC. She works with and for students at LAMDA, RADA, Mountview, Arts Ed and Central School of Speech and Drama. 

Aideen Malone  Lighting Designer Aideen trained in drama and theatre in Trinity College Dublin and Goldsmiths University of London. Over the past 20 years she has worked extensively in theatre, dance and opera. She works regularly with Turtle Keys Arts creating designs for Red Cape, Flying Cloud, Joli Vyann, Smith Dance Theatre, Angika and Arc Dance. She has worked with English Touring Opera on many productions. With Akram Khan she has created the lighting design for Kaash, Related Rocksand Polaroid Feet. She has collaborated with Jude Kelly and Paco Pena onQuimeras and A Compas. With Sally Cookson she has created the lighting design for Hetty Feather and Romeo and Juliet and also for Jane Eyre at Bristol Old Vic, which will be showing at the National Theatre later this year. With Sadhana Dance she has created designs for The Shiver, Elixir and Under My Skin. Aideen has been a Lighting Design Tutor at ALRA for many years. She is also a director of Junction, who design lighting sculptures and installations.

Arun Ghosh  Composer/Sound Designer Arun is a British-Asian clarinettist, composer and musical director. He has released three critically acclaimed albums, Northern Namaste, Primal Odyssey and A South Asian Suite, on camoci records. Other significant works in his repertoire include his re-score of feature-length animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed, contemporary dance work A Handful of Dust and programme symphony,Spitalfields Suite.A key player on the UK jazz scene, Ghosh is a renowned innovator of the Indo-Jazz style, and has appeared on the cover of Jazzwise and Jazz UK magazines in recent years. He was awarded Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.Ghosh is a prolific composer, working primarily in the world of theatre and dance. He has worked on over forty professional productions with companies including: Manchester Royal Exchange, Library Theatre, National Youth Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Akademi Dance and Kali Theatre. He first worked with Tamasha as composer on Child of the Divide, and more recently as composer on verbatim play, My Name Is... Ghosh is an Associate Artist of The Albany and Spitalfields Music (2014), and recently completed his post as Musician in Residence of Wuhan, China in association with the British Council.

Kitty Winter  Movement Director Kitty is a movement director, choreographer and director. She trained at Laban and on the MA Movement course at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent movement credits include: A Christmas Carol and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Derby Theatre), The Kite Runner, Rapunzel and Jack (Nottingham Playhouse), Tiny Treasures and The Night Pirates (Theatre Hullabaloo), The Dog House, Women on the Verge of HRT and Puss in Boots (Derby LIVE), Swan Canaries (Arletty Theatre), The Magical Playroom (Seabright Productions/ Pleasance Edinburgh), Roots (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Ghandi and Coconuts(Kali Theatre/ The Arcola), Dick Turpin’s Last Ride (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds) and Squid (Theatre Royal Stratford East). Recent directing credits include: Feet First and Car Story (Box Clever Theatre), Spinning Yarns and FIVE(Theatre Hullabaloo/Theatre Direct, Canada), The Blue Moon (Wriggle Dance Theatre), Anything to Declare? (The Gramophones), Whose Shoes? (Nottingham Playhouse) and Awaking Durga (Kali Theatre/ Soho Theatre). Kitty is Co-Artistic Director of physical theatre company WinterWalker, and has recently produced and directed Three Keepers (Déda, Derby/touring) and The Beast of Belper(Belper Arts Festival).

Ryan Harston  Assistant Director  Ryan is a multi-award-winning creative artist and also the director of URBAN conceptz Theatre. He has worked internationally for the last 13 years with such companies as Cirque du Soleil, Wired Aerial Theatre and Breaking Cycles. Since making the transition from mid career performer to emerging director in 2014 he has created and directed shows for a variety of companies including CAST, Breakin' Convention, Freedom Festival Hull and Z-Arts. He is now working with Manchester International Festival, HOME and CAST where he is Associate Artist.