Black Theatre Live


She Called Me Mother

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.

Chereen Buckley - Actor Chereen performed earlier this year in the American play, I AND THE VILLAGE, at Theatre 503. The show opened to 5 star reviews. Chereen’s television credits include LAW & ORDER: UK (Kudos/ITV), the lead in ADMIN LUNCH MONKEYS (BBC), MY FAMILY (BBC) and THIEVES LIKE US (BBC). She has performed at Theatre 503, Kings Head Theatre, Orange Tree and most recently she has performed at the Royal Festival Hall in CUSTODY for Faith Drama in association with Talawa Theatre Company.

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.

Amelia Jane Hankin - Designer Amelia trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and at the RSC. Theatre includes The Nightmare Before Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Fake It ’Til You Make It (National Tour, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Soho Theatre), 64 Squares (National Tour and Edinburgh Festival), Unearthed (National Tour and Arcola Theatre), Mother Courage and her Children (Drama Centre, London), The Itinerant Music Hall (Lyric Hammersmith and Watford Palace Theatre), The Box (Theatre Delicatessen), You Once Said Yes (The Roundhouse, The Lowry, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, and Perth International Festival, Australia), The Red Helicopter (Arcola Theatre), The Many Whoops of Whoops Town (Lyric Hammersmith) and Cinderella (Charing Cross Theatre). As Associate and Assistant Designer, theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Death of a Salesman and The Christmas Truce (Royal Shakespeare Company 2015/16).

Kerri Mclean - Sound designer is an award winning director, performer, and producer from the UK.  Her work covers a vast range of productions within the BBC (Including Small Island, Radio 4 Drama, and several BBC series), ITV, Channel 4 and a range of independents. She works within a broad range of theatres, recently winning the 'Overall Excellence Award' at The New York Fringe International Festival 2013 for 'Kemble's Riot' which she directed and produced. 2012/13 saw her perform at London's South Bank Centre, Alderburgh Festival, Brighton Dome and during Black History Month with her storytelling and one-woman show 'Memories of Mermaids'. Kerri is a trained audio producer (MA Hons) creating music and sound designs for live performance, iPhone apps and radio. Kerri is particularly fascinated in exploring the areas where sound and drama meet.

Richard Davenport - Production photography