Production Profiles: Cast Member Allison Mason


As part of our continuing series production profiles we take a look at actress Allison Mason. Allison will be playing the role of Mambo Cecile in the play Black Spartacus.

Alison has been since 1994 appearing as Vinette in Bups 2 directed by Hyacinth Brown for Spanish town Theatre. Since then she has appeared in 17 plays between 1994 and 2013 including Jealousy in 1999 for Productions Backstage,  Guilty 2009 for Blue mountain theatre and most recently Sissy Tannock again for blue mountain theatre.

Between 1991 and 1998 she co-presented on a weekly radio show for Powerjam FM. She has also done radio work for Bri FM and Rockers FM between 1998.

Her TV appearances include Nutty Dreadful for IC3 Cable TV in 1997, Win Win for TVJ Jamaica between 2006 and 2008 and Quiz time for TV6 Trinidad between 2007 and 2008.

Her film work includes Notting Hill (1998), Malibu Webisodes (2011), Anuvahood (2011) And It’s a lot (2013).

Allison is also a musician, dancer, poet, storyteller and singer.

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Production Profiles: Cast Member Carmelita Bennett


As part of our continuing series production profiles we take a look at Carmelita Bennett. Twenty two year old Dance Graduate Carmelita will be appearing in the new production Black Spartacus when it comes to the Courtyard Theatre in August.

Carmelita started dancing before she was even three years old and at the age of five performed within The Carol Straker Dance foundation in the production of ‘In Celebration of My Sisters’ at the Royal Albert Hall in the late 90’s. She went on to study dance and has taken part in many dance troupes in London before going on to join the Tropical Isles Carnival Band.

Performing at Alexander Palace, Nottinghill Carnival, The Place London, Laban, Southbank, The curve Theater Leicester and various other locations in and across London, Carmelita has, as of this July, graduated from De Montfort University Studying dance and wishes to push further into developing her skills and perform professionally.

Continuing the passion her dad had for ballroom dance, Carmelita takes a keen interested in mainly contemporary dance, but is a lover of all styles and participates in all forms when possible. As she recently graduated Carmelita is planning to continue her education by pursuing entrance to dance intensive courses in New York for the next Academic year.

To see Carmelita in Black Spartacus, tickets are available here

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Production Profiles: Anthony Maddalena Writer of Black Spartacus

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In the Second of our production profiles we take a look at Anthony Maddalena the writer of Black Spartacus.

Anthony wrote his first play “Pill Head” at the age of 15, a cautionary tale about a teenage drug abuser and came Runner Up at the Royal Court Theatre Young Writer’s Festival in Chelsea, London. This led to a television appearance on “The Extraordinary People Show” (ITV) in which he interviewed Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta.

In 1998 he founded Hungry Lion Theatre Company with Kenneth W. Caravan and wrote and staged “This Island’s Mine! ” at the Africa Centre, Covent Garden, London about a Jamaican family fleeing the violent Kingston elections of 1976 to stay with an eccentric relative in the countryside where a series of startling revelations occur. With a cast of 16 it was one of the largest multicultural plays ever to be staged in London.

“This Island’s Mine!” received positive reviews with one critic from The Stage Newspaper referring to “the rich gallery of earthy believable characters.”

Hungry Lion has since expanded into film production and its first project will be short fantasy drama called “Seed of Desire”, which Anthony co-wrote with Kenneth and which will be shot partly in the Republic of Seychelles later this year.

After being commissioned by Thee Black Swan Theatre Company to write “Black Spartacus” in 2007 he was awarded Script Development Funding from Arts Council England to research and write the play in celebration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of Slavery. It was subsequently adapted into a 4 part mini-series for radio and was aired on Galaxy FM. The production is currently available for download on The Wireless Theatre Company website.

Moira Petty of The Stage commented: “The author was most successful at juggling the issues while presenting fleshed out characters.”

Anthony was in part inspired to write the play after reading CLR James’s moving account of the Haitian Slave Uprising “The Black Jacobins”. How did Toussaint L’Ouverture an ex-slave with no training manage to defeat the army of Napoleon? How was he able to forge arguably the most successful army of all time out of a nation of brutalized ex-slaves? These questions and countless more drove him while researching and writing the play.

Anthony looks forward to seeing the fascinating real-life characters of the Haitian Revolution spring to life again when “Black Spartacus” finally makes its much anticipated stage debut at The Courtyard Theatre in August.

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The Courtyard Theatre

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If you have ever walked along Pitfield Street in Hoxton (London Borough of Hackney) then you may well have walked past the Courtyard theatre and not even noticed. This is because at first glance it doesn’t look like a theatre at all. Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was still a public Library. The building was formerly the Passmore Edwards Free Library before being converted into a theatre.

To find out more about the history of the Courtyard theatre click here

The theatre, just 3 minutes walk from Old street station operates both a 150-seat main house and an 80-seat studio theatre. It will be home to the production Black Spartacus from Tuesday 18th August to Sunday 13th September.

For further details go to or for tickets contact ticket web on 0844 477 1000