Cheryl’s worked as a poet, playwright and director. She’ll be performing 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] for Contact’s 2015 Flying Solo Festival with support from Sustained Theatre Up North, and travelling to London and Glasgow.
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 [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 immersive Community Arts Northwest shows Another Country [Z-Arts/Decibel], Heart’s Core [Z-Arts], and, in March, Detention: Rule 35 [Z-Arts] with Greater Manchester’s asylum-seeker and refugee communities.
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 directed productions at Sherman Cymru [Birds, the Unusual Stage Company, mixed disabilities], Everything We Need by Ben Mellor [Royal Exchange Studio], one-man show Prison Game by Marcus Hercules [Action Transport Theatre], and The Ching Room by critically-acclaimed Scotttish playwright Alan Bissett [Citz Studio and Royal Exchange Studio, nominated for Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland]. She recently directed Bissett in a double bill of The Pure, The Dead and the Brilliant / Jock: Scotland on Trial, which premiered at Glasgow Tron’s 2014 Mayfesto, at London’s multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre.