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Cathy Tyson ‘She Called Me Mother’ at The Lowry

Starring Cathy Tyson, She Called Me Mother, is a Pitch Lake production in association with Tara Arts for Black Theatre Live and comes to The Studio at The Lowry Fri 13 & Sat 14 Nov.

Dedicated to bringing inventive BAME theatre to venues across the country, Pitch Lake Productions presents ‘She Called Me Mother’, a play about an elderly, Afro-Caribbean homeless woman in The Studio at The Lowry, Fri 13 & Sat 14 Nov.

Written by Michelle Inniss and Directed by Cara Nolan, The debut show from Pitch Lake Productions, founded by actor Cathy Tyson, writer Michelle Inniss and director Cara Nolan will be the second show to tour for the Black Theatre Live consortium, dedicated to bringing inventive BAME theatre to venues across the country.

Starring Cathy Tyson, She Called Me Mother invites the audience into the life of Evangeline Gardner – a homeless, 70 year old Afro-Caribbean woman, who finds herself living on the streets. The play brings together Evangeline and her estranged daughter Shirley and is written in poetic Trinidadian vernacular rarely heard on our stages.

Cathy Tyson said “I believe She Called Me Mother has the potential to be a modern classic. We are going into territory that hasn’t been explored on our stages before; an elderly black female homeless person searching for her estranged daughter. The emotional potential of the play is boundless. I hope this play will be a rewarding experience for our audience and all those with creative involvement.”

Actor and Pitch Lake Productions co-founder Cathy Tyson is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated actress with over three decades of experience in the industry. She began her career at the Liverpool Everyman at the age of 17, before joining the RSC in 1984, and achieved widespread renown for her role in Mona Lisa alongside Bob Hoskins in 1986. Recent credits include Bright Phoenix (Liverpool Everyman), Stand (Oxford Playhouse and touring) and Monkey Bars (Traverse and touring).

Michelle Inniss is a writer and Spanish teacher. She will be published this Spring in Closure: an anthology of short stories published by Peepal Tree. She has been long listed for Angle at The Bush Theatre 2011, shortlisted for The Fish Short Story Prize 2010, and in 2006 was awarded a runner up for the Penguin Decibel Prize. Cara Nolan is a director and writer, who has worked across the UK and Europe and has recently completed an MA in Theatre Directing at RADA.

She Called Me Mother is announced as the second production from Black Theatre Live, a pioneering consortium of 8 regional theatres committed to increasing the amount of Black and Ethnic Minority theatre on the touring circuit. It follows the recently concluded tour of Tara Arts new version of Macbeth.

Through a 3-year programme, Black Theatre Live will bring high quality performances from culturally diverse perspectives to venues across the country. The initiative is a partnership of Tara Arts (London), Derby Theatre, Queens Hall (Hexham), the Lighthouse (Poole), Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds, Theatre Royal Margate, Stratford Circus (London) & Key Theatre (Peterborough).

Black Theatre Live is supported by Arts Council England

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