Enter into the life of 70-year-old Evangeline Gardner – a homeless Afro-Caribbean woman who is reunited with her estranged daughter Shirley – in She Called Me Mother at Stratford Circus Arts Centre .
Michelle Inniss’s play is written in poetic Trinidadian vernacular and produced by Pitch Lake Productions and Black Theatre Live consortium, which is dedicated to bringing BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) theatre to venues across the country.
Cathy Tyson, who plays Evangeline, is also the cofounder of Pitch Lake Productions , which was formed to address the lack of leading roles in British theatre for BAME mid-career actors.
Cathy said: “New plays are exciting as they offer the creative team the freedom to try out new ideas.
“The language in She Called Me Mother is in the Trinidadian vernacular and there are two BAME female leads.
“We hope that these features of the play help to fire the imagination of audiences. We are a BAME led theatre company but our themes are universal. So please feel free to enter into the characters of Evangeline and Shirley whatever your background is. We’re very pleased to be sharing their story with you.”
Michelle added: “I am really excited by the prospect of Evangeline and Shirley’s stories being brought to life on stage and that the audience will be able to share in the telling of their stories.”
She Called Me Mother, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, October 8-11, various times, £8-£10, stratford-circus.com .