Black Theatre Live


The Paper Washi Wish

Vicky Ireland MBE (Co-Artistic Director) trained at Central and then worked as an actress in TIE and repertory theatres all over Britain. She presented BBC’s TV’s WORDS AND PICTURES for twelve years. From 1989 to 2002 she was Artistic Director of Polka Theatre for Children, London and is now a freelance director and writer.

Kumiko Mendl (Co-Artistic Director and Performer) trained at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris. Since then she has worked as an actress, teacher, movement director and director. She is Artistic Director of the award-winning British East Asian theatre company – Yellow Earth.

Haruka Kuroda (Performer /collaborator) trained at Guildford School of Acting. She now works in TV, Film and Theatre. She also works as a voice-over artist and as a teacher of stage combat and martial arts. Haruka regularly appears as Yasuko in the long running series Ideal for BBC and was Shi Han for Brain Jitsu for CBBC.

Julian Butler (Composer) trained in music at Liverpool University and in acting at LAMDA. He now works as a composer, musical director and teacher of piano, guitar, singing and music theory. Recent credits include: Charlie and Lola’s Best Best Bestest Play (Polka Theatre/Watershed tour) The Princess and Pea (Banyan Theatre) , The BFG (Polka Theatre), Flat Stanley (Nottingham Lakeside)