Posted: 16 March 2023
Introducing the cast and company of STARS
Tamasha and the Institute of Contemporary Arts are delighted to announce the cast and company for the premiere of our co-production STARS: An Afrofuturist Odyssey by Mojisola Adebayo, directed by Gail Babb and S. Ama Wray.
Debra Michaels will play MRS
Debra trained at Webber Douglas.
Theatre credits include: Sister Sandrine/Marie in The DaVinci CodeVernice in STRANGE FRUIT at The Bush; The Empress in ALADDIN at Milton Keynes; Maria in MAN OF LA MANCHA; Mrs Alexander/Various in THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME at National Theatre/UK Tour; Manny/Myrtle in RED SNAPPER at Belgrade Theatre; Fairy Godmother in CINDERELLA at Lyric Hammersmith; Sadista in SLEEPING BEAUTY at The Northcott Theatre; Mama Morton in CHICAGO; The Mother in CATWALK at The Tricycle; Carmen in CARMEN JONES directed by Simon Callow at the Old Vic and on a European tour; PORGY AND BESS directed by Trevor Nunn at Glyndebourne and Covent Garden; BARNUM; LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; SOUL TRAIN; CINDERELLA; TRICKSTERS’ PAYBACK; JECKYLL AND HYDE, FOUR NOTE OPERA; MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM and THE BOTTLE IMP.
Television work includes: Mrs Olatunji in Casualty; Justine Simpson in EASTENDERS for BBC; Headmistress in BROKEN for LA Productions directed by Ashley Pearce/Noreen Kershaw, DOCTORS; HOLBY CITY; THE LODGE; THE SOUTH BANK SHOW SPECIAL; THE REAL McCOY; THE LAURENCE OLIVIER and EVENING STANDARD AWARDS and RITES.
Debra has worked as a Musical Director on THE WIZ at Riverside Studios and SINGING BRIDGES for LWT, and as vocal coach on McDonalds OUR TOWN STORY at The Dome. She also co-created and choreographed THE WEDDING DANCE which received it’s premiere at Bolton Octagon prior to a tour.
Bradley Charles will play DJ Michael Manners
Bradley Charles is a DJ, performer, and dancer. Recent credits include Sylvia (Old Vic), In the Willows (Metta Theatre), and MOVE IT 2022 with FLAWLESS Dance Company. His stage credits also include roles at theatres including the National Theatre, Barbican, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Sadler’s Wells, Peacock Theatre, and Bristol Old Vic and with companies including Boy Blue Entertainment, Impact Dance, and ZooNation. He was Artistic Director of ZooNation Youth Company from 2019 – 2021 and is currently the company’s mentor and wellbeing officer. He was Dance Captain for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony ‘Thanks Tim’ and Associate Choreographer for Hex (National Theatre).
Bradley is a DJ in the UK and internationally, including being resident DJ for Acting Up, Lovers and Friends and UDO Dance Competition, at events for Newham Council including The Mayor’s Showcase festival (Central Park) and Bike fest (Barking Park), and as part of The 3D Network.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Writer Mojisola Adebayo
Directors – Gail Babb and S. Ama Wray
Designer – Miriam Nabarro
Lighting Designer – Nao Nagai
Animation Artist – Candice Purwin
Music Direction – Debo Adebayo
Creative Captions – Stephen Lloyd
Video Consultant – Gillian Tan
Costume Associate – Maariyah Sharjil
Production Therapist – Dawn Estefan
Production Manager – James Dawson
Production Manager (cover) – Josephine Tremelling
Company Stage Manager (on the book) – Alison Pottinger
Production Photography – Ali Wright
Production Filming – Darius Shu
STARS opens on 13 April and runs until 4 May at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), before heading off on a UK tour. Full dates and tickets available now.