Black Theatre Live



Robert Mountford (performer & co-writer) trained at RADA where he won the Lilian Baylis Award. Robert’s professional debut was as regular Hussein Ali a pupil barrister in Channel Four’s award-winning drama North Square.  Subsequent television appearances include Torn (ITV), One Night, Eastenders, Casualty, Doctors, Reverse Psychology, The World According to Bex and Michael Wood’s Story of India(all BBC), London’s Burning (LWT), A&E (Always and Everyone for Granada ITV) and Torn (Also for ITV).  Most recently he has filmed episodes of Silent Witness and Holby City for the BBC.

Theatre Roles include Much Ado About Nothing (RSC and West End),Merchant of Venice (RSC, World Tour), Chili in The Black Album (RNT/Tara),  As You Like It, Merlin, Much Ado About Nothing, Hercules (Grosvenor Park Open Air, Chester), Prospero in The Tempest (Tara Arts and West End), Stockman in Enemy of the People, Bassanio in Merchant of Venice, Baron Von Munchausen, The Penal Colony, Medea (Tara Arts), Gandhi and Coconuts, Tagore’s Women (Kali Theatre) and UK tours of Much Ado About Nothing (Byre, St.Andrews), As You Like It (Sphinx), Romeo and Juliet and East is East for Leicester Haymarket.  He has extensively toured the United States in Shakespeare productions including Laertes in Hamlet, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and Jaques in As you Like It

Robert has also appeared in several short films, radio and records audio books. recently recording for Norton Shakespeare in an audio version of The Complete Works playing, among others Hamlet and regularly takes part in the ‘Red not Dead readings for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Though very keen, he is to gardening and guitar playing what Sweeny Todd was to barber shops.

Chris Larner (Director co-wrtier) trained at RADA as an actor. His first job was with schools' company Theatre Centre, where he met Allyson Lee, whose story is told in his one-man show An Instinct for Kindness, winner of an Edinburgh Fringe First in 2011.  Acting work: stuff all over the place, including the Mad Hatter in Alice at the RSC; Wind in the Willows at RNT; on TV he is best known for playing the idiot Clingfilm in London's Burning.  

He has written song for comedy legends The Right Size: for Peepolykus, Improbable; for Lee Hall's adaptations of Brecht’s Mr. Puntila and his Man Matti and The Barber of Seville; for Philip Pullman’s The Scarecrow and his Servant, and is currently (2014) writing songs for Troika’s production of Around the World in Eighty Days due to open in San Francisco in April 2015

He wrote (with composer Mark Stevens) and directed the award-winning musicals The Translucent Frogs Of Quuup and On The Island of Aars, and wrote and directed The Frida Kahlo of Penge West, premiered at Rosemary Branch theatre, 2014. He is married and has three children, not necessarily in that order.