Cherie Pruden Hughes SRAT DT Drama B.A Hons

Artistic Director and Writer

Cherie studied at Exeter and Sussex Universities. She is a Lived Experience Practitioner and Theatre Specialist working within mental health including Child and Adolescent Mental Health services and Neuro-Developmental teams within education and the community for over 25 years and is a registered Mental Health First Aider and Domestic Abuse Champion. In 2017, she was given a Teaching Excellence award by the Lord Mayor of Southwark for her work with vulnerable young people. Cherie has worked as a performer with Random Acts Improvisation Company, Theatr Clywd and Leap Theatre in Education. Cherie received mentor-ship at The National Theatre working with script development and story.

Abigail Halley Drama B.A.Hons

Artistic Director Writer and Performer

Abi studied at Exeter University and Italia Conti. She has worked as an actor, improviser, storyteller and voiceover artist for 25 years. She is also highly experienced in teaching, workshop leading and live interpretation bringing many historical characters to life in museums, galleries and educational settings. Abi works closely with Kew Gardens developing children's awareness of biodiversity and natural world protection through immersive storytelling. Abi has just written her first novel and is about to embark on a second.

Gabriella Shillingford


Gabriella Shillingford was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Dominica. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Acting from East 15 Acting School. She has appeared in several theatre premieres on the London fringe circuit, actively enjoying the challenge of new work. Theatre credits include Jane Austen and the Cheltonians, Mary Seacole, The Skull and Jelly. Gabriella is also fluent in French Creole which has created opportunities to work professionally in the Voice-over/ADR industry in productions including Death in Paradise(BBC One), Hooten and the Lady(CW/Sky One), The Crown(Netflix) and Yardie. She is very much proud of her Caribbean roots and was thrilled to be chosen to take part in the research and development for the National Theatre's SMALL ISLAND - due to be revived in 2022.

Gregory A. Smith

Performer and Writer

Gregory trained through Lee Strasberg Method in Los Angeles, California. Gregory has worked with companies including Spin Cycle Theatre N16. King’s Head Theatre and Minack Theatre. He has toured extensively in France with Quorum Theatre company with plays by Philip Ayckbourn. Gregory has appeared in several award winning short films, and television drama's for Stephen Poliakoff. Gregory is also a painter in oils and pastels and author of “My Signature Dish” “A Founding Mother” the play Lili (in the Guesthouse Window), as well as a collection of poetry, “As It Was Then.” Gregory is also a fluent speaker in Italian and French.

Sandra Mills


Sandra studied at the University of Ulster and Desmond Jones School of Physical Theatre and has worked as a performer in UK and abroad. She studied an MA in Theatre and International Development after which she spent time in India with Jana Sanskriti using theatre to work with tribes exploring issues affecting their communities. Her case study was published in the journal Development in Practice. She led Bridge intercultural arts programme at Chichester Festival Theatre. She recently performed with Amnesty about the experiences of Afghan women and has also devised and performed with Random Acts Theatre

Gabriella Shillingford