Stella Odunlami directs Deborah Pearson’s potent new play Made Visible, a funny and vivid exploration into race, identity and just having a chat with someone new.

Made Visible is written by award winning artist Deborah Pearson, founder and co-director of UK based Forest Fringe.  Her past credits include The Future Show, which toured internationally for two years and was just published by Oberon Books and Like You Were Before, winner of a Herald Angel, and shortlisted for the Total Theatre Award for Innovation.

Directing the show is Stella Odunlami.  Stella is a director and performer.  Her recent credits as a performer include Exhibit B and Re-introducing Oshun.

Following protests, the Barbican cancelled Exhibit B in 2014 due to security concerns. Created by Brett Bailey, Exhibit B had previously received five-star reviews for its critique of the “human zoos” and ethnographic displays that showed Africans as objects of scientific curiosity through the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Made Visible is designed by Linbury prize-winner Hyemi Shin whose recent credits include Herons (Lyric Hammersmith), Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic), Sizwe Banzi is Dead, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Hammersmith/Royal Exchange) and Veriditas (Rambert/Southbank Centre).

The cast is Haley McGee (Deborah), Adlyn Ross (Ila) and Anjali Mya Chadha (Ayesha).

Haley McGee is a writer and performer who has recently relocated to London from Ontario, Canada. Haley’s award-winning solo OH MY IRMA has toured across Canada and internationally including stops in NYC, London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tampere and Ulaanbaatar. Her new show, I’m Doing This for You which premiered at Theatrediscounter (Berlin) will be returning to the BAC where it was developed.

As an actor Haley has performed in Stan Douglas’/Canadian Stage’s live film noir Helen Lawrence (BAM/Edinburgh International Festival/Munich Kammerspiele/deSignel). As a writer her credits include Weather the Weather and The Public Servant (Common Boots Theatre, Toronto). She has also developed works with Banff Playwrights’ Colony and Stratford Festival.

Adlyn Ross has an extensive career spanning theatre, screen and radio. Her past credits include The Westbridge (Royal Court), Meri Christmas (Rifco) and My Dad’s Corner Shop (Birmingham Rep). On screen Adlyn is best known for Bend It Like Beckham, Citizen Khan, Shifty and Lost Christmas. 

Anjali Mya Chadha is an actor, writer and comedian. Anjali’s solo show The Dateless Wonder was nominated for a Meyer-Whitworth award and she frequently appears as a regular guest panelist for the BBC Asian Network. Her past theatre credits include Dawn to Dust (Kali Theatre), Two Days as a Tiger (Nottingham Playhouse) and Telling Moments (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

She has also appeared in award winning television shows including Matt Lucas’s Pompidou, Little Britain, Beautiful Day, Love Soup, The Robinsons, According To Bex, Parallel Universe, Fifteen Stories High, Canterbury Tales and Casualty (BBC); Life Isn’t All HaHaHa HeeHeeHee (Hat Trick) and Attachments (World Prods).

Haley McGee (Deborah)

Adlyn Ross (Ila)

Anjali Mya Chadha (Ayesha)