Reaya is a professional actor and dancer/movement director based in the Midlands. She started her training whilst studying performing arts at Sandwell College, going on to complete the highly coveted Flying Start course directed by Birmingham City Council, and then later completing a Batchelor’s degree with the Birmingham School of Acting. During her time there Reaya performed in many shows including Bedlam, Threepenny Opera, Pheadra and The Last Days of Judas Iscariott just name a few. Upon graduating she formed the company ‘Strictly Arts’ alongside Corey Campbell, alongside pursuing her own freelance acting and performance work. Reaya recently took part in the Critical Mass playwriting course as well as Trainee assistant Director for the ‘Sister Hood’ at the Belgrade Theatre, and is now in the process of setting up her own production company, ‘Women Writes’ empowering women by telling BAME stories which focuses on female leads, by female writers. Our aim is to generate a body of female work for female voices so that the productions can be seen by many audiences on a variety of platforms.
Getting it Straight (National Tour), Big for me little for you (Midlands Arts Centre), Magic Earth Magic sky, (New Vic stoke tour, Midlands Arts Centre, Pentabus Theatre Co national tour) Nativity, (Birmingham Rep) Wizard of Oz (Barford Primary School)l, Rain Forest Symphony, (Play house/tour), Bun and Cheese, (Old Joint Stock), Jack and the Beanstalk, (Community Production), Patrick and Bernadine, (Crescent Theatre/Regional Tour), Caribbean Kitchen, (Birmingham Rep/ Regional Tour), Book Face,(Old Joint Stock), Faith, ( Iceandfire), Stranger in the Park, ID-79, In Between the Music, (Grass Routes:Cuttings Birmingham Rep), Lite, (The Public) Mr Soon Come winner of MVSA, Best Black Theatre Production, (The Drum ) Dysmortal Life (Stratford-upon-Avon Fringe Festival) And many more. You can also see Lorna in Tikkabilla, BAFTA winner Grandpa in my Pocket, Little Human Planet and Doctors playing the irrepressible Mrs Tembe.
David grew up in the north west of England but lived in Vienna and Berlin in the late eighties and the nineties. In 2000, he returned to the UK to study Playwriting at Birmingham University. In 2004, his translation of the Austrian play ‘The Chairwoman’ by Werner Schwab toured the UK and Ireland to critical acclaim. His play ‘The Waiting Room’ was produced at The Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham in 2009. David is presently collaborating with Delyth Jones on her one women show and a production of his play ‘A Birthday Present’,