Black Theatre Live


Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

Lola Abayomi is an English literature graduate with extensive experience in promotional marketing and accounts management. She is a founding member of Banyan Tree and has been a one-woman powerhouse across all media in promoting us. She currently works with International Aids Alliance in Hove.

Nyawa Bottomley is a theatre maker, percussionist and dancer.  She has been facilitating and co-ordinating Community Arts projects with children and families for over 10 years including anti-discrimination storytelling, drama and art workshops in schools as part of Cric! Crac! A founding member of BTTG, she also plays in Samba-Funk band Bloco Branco.

Donna Edmead is our principal songwriter. She has released tracks with Jonah Hex and Iron Amphibians and will perform with Naomi Bedford, Paul Simmonds and Justin Currie at Larmer Tree and Tolpuddle Fesitvals. Donna has also performed at Cambridge Folk Festival and Shepherds Bush Empire. She is currently Grants Officer at Brighton & Hove City Council’s Communities, Equality and Third Sector Team.

Dulani Kulasinghe is a writer, musician, dancer and primary school teacher. She has played the violin for over 30 years and performed as a soloist and in chamber ensembles and orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic. Since 1995 she has studied and performed flamenco in the US, Spain and the UK.  She has also facilitated Cric! Crac! workshops.

Adriana Lord is a singer, dancer and teacher. While in Havana she performed with William Vivanco and Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club) and here  has performed on radio and TV, including BBC1 and BBC4. She co-founded Luna Playback Theatre (London), works with Teatro por y para Ninos, a bilingual children’s theatre and is lead singer with Son Guarachando.

Alison Martin is a writer and storyteller. She has worked as an education assistant for the East Sussex Archaeological and Museum Project and at the Museum of Childhood and told stories for Brighton Fringe Festival and Black History Month. She trained as a storytelling at Emerson College, Forest Row and created Cric! Crac! story based anti-discrimination workshops which have been delivered throughout Brighton and Hove schools.

Rachana  Sarcar-Winter is a poet, writer of short stories and puppeteer. She has over 18 years’ international community theatre experience (India, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, France, UK). Rachana was the force behind the creation of MOSAIC Puppet Theatre Group and has written the scripts for all our shows to date.

Dionne Sutherland is a flamenco and Azonto dancer and holds a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She has played guitar for seven years and is a qualified teaching assistant working with the music department at Fairlight primary school in Brighton.  Dionne is also a Cric! Crac! facilitator.

Gilbert Taylor is an actor, puppeteer, musician and theatre maker. He is a founding member of theatre collective Unpacked and directed Banyan Tree’s 2015 Brighton Fringe production of WMB at the Warren.

Theo Kin Chit is a steel pan player with Euphoria Steel band as well as a science teacher at a London Academy.
Luke Rattenbury  is an afro/latin/jazz/funk guitarist who plays in many bands including Son Guarachando, Eddie Myer and Kalakuta MIllionaires.

Saidi Kanda is an award winning Tanzanian percussionist. (Womad Percussionist of the Year, 1989) In addition to solo performances, he currently performs with Dadi Krama and Ubizo (with Alan Skidmore) and appears regularly with the London-based Congolese band Zong Zing Allstars.