Black Theatre Live


The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

Nyla Levy takes the role of Shaheeda for the 2017 re-tour of The Diary of a Hounslow Girl.

Nyla Levy (Shaheeda) studied acting at the University of Leeds. Theatre credits include: Complicite’s: Like Mother, Like Daughter (Battersea Arts Centre), Streetlife (Cardboard Citizens), 100 Stories (Hackney Empire), Different is Dangerous (Nottingham Playhouse & National UK Tour). Radio credits include: Girlies (BBC Radio 4), Pilgrim’s Progress (BBC Radio 4), God at the Gate (BBC Radio 4) Film credits include: Love Eventually, Personality Aid. TV credits include: Skimmer Stories (BBC Newsbeat) Writing credits include: Different is Dangerous (Theatre 503 & National UK Tour), Normal with a bit of OOMPH! (Rich Mix),That ISIS Play innit! (Battersea Arts Centre), UNTITLED (Lyric Hammersmith), Does My Bomb Look Big in This? (The Space) Assistant Director credits include: Is There Hair Under It? (Lyric Hammersmith).

Ambreen Razia - Writer (& Performer 2016 national tour) Ambreen is an actress and writer from South London. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is Ambreen's debut show which premiered at Ovalhouse in 2015 Passionate about re-establishing British Asian comedy within the UK she continues to write her comedy sketch show involving two British Asian girls exploring the clash between traditional Indian/Pakistani culture and modern British life. She is also currently writing her next play ‘POT’ primarily focusing on the recent comeback of ‘gang culture within the UK’  Performance credits include: On the Middle Day (Old Vic Theatre); Words and Women (Edinburgh Fringe); Random Acts (Channel 4); Fair Exchange (Hen and Chickens Theatre); Variations on a Theme (Camden People's Theatre); Mind the Gap (National Theatre); No Guts, No Heart, No Glory (BBC 4 /Perth Festival Australia); Murdered by my Father (BBC Three).

Sophie Moniram - Director Sophie Moniram is a graduate from Mountview Academy's Theatre Directing MA and a Creative Associate at The Gate Theatre, Directing credits include 'The Five Stages of Waiting' by Caro Dixey (Tristan Bates Theatre), F**king Outside the Box' by Jessica Burgess (VAULT Festival), 'Indian Summer' by Lucy Maurice (White Bear Theatre), 'Creditors' by August Strindberg (The Cockpit Theatre), 'The Star-Spangled Girl' by Neil Simon (Karamel Club), 'Purgatorio' by Ariel Dorfmann (Karamel Club) and staged readings at Soho Theatre and The National Theatre Studio. She is currently working as an Assistant Director at The Young Vic Theatre on their upcoming production of Strindberg's 'Creditors'.

Petra Hjortsberg – Designer Petra is an award nominated Theatre & Performance Designer who works internationally across Theatre, Dance, Opera & Film. She is Associate Laboratory Set Designer at Nuffield Theatre (Southampton) as well as Creative Associate at Gate Theatre (London). Recent theatre design credits includes Juicy & Delicious (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), Creditors (Young Vic) & How To Win Against History (Ovalhouse).  Other Theatre Design credits includes the OFFIE Best Set Design nominated shows Free Fall (The Pleasance Theatre) & Occupied (Theatre503); Silent Planet(Finborough Theatre), Freak (Theatre503, Assembly Rooms), Companion Piece (The Pleasance) and Body Electric (Best Production & Best Off-Site nominee, ABSOLUT Fringe Festival, Dublin). Associate Design credits includes Moon Illusion (Copenhagen Music Theatre) and Land Of Our Fathers(Trafalgar Studios, London & UK national tour). Film credits include: Magpie, Way of the Monkey’s Claw, The 95th, PubMonkey, Blind Man’s Dream, For Better or Worse & Termination (UK). In 2013 Petra exhibited at the international World Stage Design Exhibition. 

Neil Grutchfield - Dramaturg Neil has strong interest in and commitment to the development of new writing, developed through his career at the Royal Court Theatre, as New Writing Manager at Synergy Theatre Project, as Literary Manager at Hampstead Theatre and over 15 years as a dramaturg and script reader who has worked with first time, emerging, mid-career and senior playwrights.

Paul O’Shaughnessy - Lighting Designer Paul studied Stage Management and Technical Theatre Production in Vancouver, Canada. His Lighting Design credits include Fat Man (Ovalhouse and tour), Singing in the Rain (London Oratory), Autobahn (King's Head Theatre), Peter Pan (Bloomsbury Theatre), The Addams Family Musical (Secombe Theatre) and The Producers (Arthur Cotterell Theatre). His Stage Management credits include Oh What A Lovely War (Watermans Theatre), Cake and Congo (Theatre 503), Our Town (King's Head Theatre), The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Old Red Lion Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Watermans Theatre), Saer Doliau (Finborough Theatre), Tu I Teraz (Hampstead Theatre) and The Cloc

Rosa McRae – Voicework Rosa trained in Voice at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama before obtaining an MA in Theatre from The University of Leeds. She has taught Voice and Drama extensively across the adult and FHE sector as well as working for the V&A museum, The Tricycle and Clean Break Theatre. More recently, alongside of her teaching Rosa founded and directed Out of a Dream which was an Arts in Health project , taking Theatre, Story and Music into hospitals and health settings. The project was the recipient of an award from UnLtd - The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. Rosa is of dual English and Indian heritage and her passion for plays embraces an international canon from The Mahabarata , Soyinka to Shakespeare.