Cheryl has had a long history of doing workshops in school, college, and university settings, starting with a stint as Writer-in-Residence for both Leigh Drama School and Pit Prop Theatre-in-Education Company back in the 90s. Since then, she’s done workshops in prisons, primary and secondary schools, universities [when Artist-in-Residence at Bolton Institute and working with Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama when Director-in-Residence at Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh]. She’s also done workshops in libraries and for community groups from Liverpool to London and beyond.
Cheryl’s worked as a poet, playwright and director, currently writing LISAPO, a Congolese Oratorio for Community Arts Northwest [CAN]. She’s written operas before – for the Buxton Opera Festival and the BBC Philharmonic. Cheryl just starred in her own one-woman show based on her new poetry collection ALASKA [Crocus Books], directed by dancer/choreographer Darren Pritchard [Susan and Darren, Quarantine and the Liverpool and Manchester Vogue Balls].
She’s also written over 25 productions for stage and BBC Radio 4, the World Service, and for African radio networks. A Manchester Evening News Theatre Award winner as both writer [community musical HEART AND SOUL, Oldham Coliseum Theatre] and director [IRON by Rona Munro, Contact Theatre], she co-produced and directed an Edinburgh Fringe First winner for Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre [THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH]. Not to mention directing and devising previous CAN shows ANOTHER COUNTRY [Z-Arts/Decibel] and HEART'S CORE [Z-Arts].
Previous posts have included Director-in-Residence at the Traverse; Associate Director, New Writing/New Work at Contact, as well as Writer-in-Residence at Contact, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Bolton Institute, Ilkley Literature Festival and Birmingham Readers’ and Writers’ Festival, as well as an Artist-in-Residence as poet for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. She’s also had recent productions at Sherman Cymru [BIRDS, writer and director for the Unusual Stage Company, mixed disabilities], EVERYTHING WE NEED by Ben Mellor [Royal Exchange Studio], THE CHING ROOM by Alan Bissett [Citz Studio and Royal Exchange Studio, nominated for Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland].
She’s just directed critically-acclaimed Scottish playwright Alan Bissett in a double bill of THE PURE, THE DEAD, AND THE BRILLIANT / JOCK: SCOTLAND ON TRIAL for Tron’s 2014 Mayfesto, and will take it to London’s Finborough this September. Before that, she’s directing one-man show PRISON GAME by Marcus Hercules in London at The Albany and Talawa.
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