In ‘Sawubona’, Cheryl Martin talks about being a visible minority with a hidden disability, and how she created solo stage shows to bring the voice of someone with lifelong mental health disabilities to the stage [rather than be talked about in shows by those who have to “deal” with people like her], and to let others like her know that their future can be different from their past.
Contains strong language.
Cheryl Martin is Co-Artistic Director of Manchester’s black-led literature NPO Commonword and Black Gold Arts Festival, has worked as a poet, playwright and director, and was a former Associate Director, New Writing/New Work at Contact. She was also lucky enough be part of the 2019-2020 British Council Australia INTERSECT programme.
A Manchester Evening News Theatre Award winner as both writer [musical Heart and Soul, Oldham Coliseum Theatre] and director [Iron by Rona Munro, Contact], Cheryl’s solo stage show Alaska featured in 2016’s A Nation’s Theatre, & 2019’s Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe & Wellcome Festival of Minds and Bodies in London.
Her film One Woman, an Unlimited Wellcome Collection Partnership Award, is touring festivals including the Unlimited Festival at the Southbank Centre, Barcelona’s L’Altre Festival, and Edinburgh’s 2021 Summerhall Digital Fringe.