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Northern Noir - Teaser Promo

Northern Noir is a theatrical show exploring Femininity, Masculinity and Blackness through spoken word, dance, animation, film and live music.

The five acts of Northern Noir are based on the poetry of Omari Swanston – Jeffers, Maria Dakova, Pariss Elektra, Natasha Joseph and Samra Mayanja and take the audience on a journey starting with Old Noir, that explores the societal conditioning that we all receive as children and young adults. The second act introduces Masculinity, exploring first its toxic side and its path towards liberation within both genders. During the third act the creators introduce us to what it means to be a black person in the UK today. Personal experiences and incredible sharing and motivation can be found within this part. Femininity presents the fourth act and is established as a question mark. It questions the status quo of women, but also overall the tendency of neglecting the feminine energy within both genders and the still prevailing patriarchal societal views. The evening ends with Northern Noir, or New Noir or maybe even New Black, as the creators share. Within this act the audience has the opportunity to explore the vision and aim of the three creatives, a world of equality on all levels, gender, colour, sexual orientation, ability and age.

“We want to inspire young people and artists of all ages to trust in themselves and follow their ambitions, embrace their differences and to communicate that people of colour have agency and their voices and stories are valuable.”
Maria Dakova, Omari Swanston – Jeffers, Ashley Karrell

ASHLEY KARRELL
PRESENTS
A Panoptical Production

NORTHERN NOIR

CREATED BY:
Maria Dakova, Omari Swanston – Jeffers, Ashley Karrell

STARRING:
Lulia Togara, Denmarc Creary, Kaya Moore, Catrina Nisbett, Pariss Elektra

MUSIC BY:
Pariss Elektra, Malik Morgan – Murphy, Shaun Williams, Azizi Cole

PRODUCED BY:
Ashley Karrell

DIRECTED BY:
Omari Swanston – Jeffers

WRITTEN BY:
Maria Dakova, Omari Swanston – Jeffers

CO-PRODUCED BY:
Maria Dakova, Omari Swanston – Jeffers

DEVISED BY:
Maria Dakova, Omari Swanston – Jeffers, Ashley Karrell, Pariss Elektra, Rheima Robinson

BASED ON THE POETRY BY:
Omari Swanston – Jeffers, Maria Dakova, Pariss Elektra, Natasha Joseph, Samra Mayanja

ARTWORK BY:
Natasha Joseph

ANIMATION BY:
Merrez Bal

FILMMAKER & PHOTOGRAPHER:
Ashley Karrell

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT:
Maria Dakova - MindfulComms Ltd

MODEL:
Samra Mayanja

GRAPHIC & LOGO DESIGN:
Tadas Daujotas, Ashley Karrell

PRODUCTION RUNNER & WEB SPECIALIST:
Deneil Hamilton - Dennis

PR & MARKETING:
Maria Dakova - MindfulComms Ltd

PR & MARKETING ASSISTANT:
Natasha Joseph

FILMED CONTENT CAST & CREW

GUEST STARS:
Violet Craig, Kyro Jeoffrey - Mitcham, L' Sharna James, Zodwa Nyoni, Cherie Taylor Battiste, Beulah Byron

DANCERS:
Kevin Abanilla, Taylor Churchman, Kenny Anderson, Adeline Pitu, Aleksandra Boikova, Mirabel B. Ukpabio,

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY & COLOUR GRADE:
Ben Saffer

LIGHTING:
Jordan Joseph Baird, Kian Altmann

FOCUS PULLER - CAMERA TRAINEE:
Ella Brewin

ART DIRECTION:
Elly Langlois

1ST AD:
Elliot Nelson

SOUND RECORDIST & DESIGN:
Liam Gilchrist

COSTUMES BY:
Sally Stone - Leeds Playhouse

MAKE UP DESIGN:
Cleo Stoute Artistry, Beulah Byron

MOTION GRAPHIC DESIGN:
Luke Shoesmith

FILMED CONTENT EDITORS:
Luke Shoesmith, Hei Yeung, Ashley Karrell

ANIMATION EDITOR
Natasha Joseph

BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO & EDITOR:
Sally Molineaux, Ashley Karrell, Maria Dakova

BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Maria Dakova, Ashley Karrell, Tadas Daujotas, Adeline Pitu, Deneil Hamilton - Dennis

NORTHERN NOIR LIVE SHOW CREW

LIVE SHOW CUE DIRECTOR:
Omari Swanston – Jeffers

STAGE MANAGER:
Oscar Stafford

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
Anna May

STAGE VIDEO CUE OPERATOR AND EDITOR:
Luke Shoesmith

LIVE SHOW MAKE UP DESIGN:
Cleo Stoute Artistry

LIVE SHOW LIGHTING:
Marc Walton - Seven Arts

LIVE SHOW SOUND:
Alex Greenwood - Seven Arts

SEVEN ARTS MANGEMENT
Pat Hunter - Seven Arts Director, Penny Sanders - Seven Arts Programme Director

FRONT OF HOUSE:
Maria Dakova, Paula Swanston, Natasha Joseph, Deniel Hamilton Dennis

LIVE SHOW VIDEO DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Ashley Karrell

LIVE SHOW CAMERA OPERATORS
Luke Shoesmith, Hei Yeung, Sally Molineaux, Merrez Bal, Ashley Karrell

LIVE SHOW SOUND MIXER:
Rob Wingfield

LIVE SHOW VIDEO EDITORS:
Luke Shoesmith, Ashley Karrell

LIVE SHOW PHOTOGRAPHER:
Nida Mozuraite, Ashley Karrell

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Jane Earnshaw - Leeds Inspired, Gilly Roche - Leeds Playhouse, Mimi - Koby Dance Studio, Vincent Cook - Studio 81, Samra Mayanja, Emily Zobel Marshall, Selina McGonagle, Chardine Taylor-Stone - SLATE Eclipse Theatre, De-Napoli Clarke.

NORTHERN NOIR SHOW was Funded with the support from Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired and Panoptical.

Developed with the assistance of Leeds Playhouse, Geraldine Connor Foundation, RJC Dance, SLATE by Eclipse Theatre, B3 Media through TalentLab, Forced Entertainment, Koby Dance Studio and East Street Arts.