“I wrote Delete because I wanted to give a platform to the kind of voices and stories that I don’t see being represented enough in British theatre.”
“I didn’t just want to create a bunch of victims, because the people I know who are at the forefront of this movement are also at the forefront of the new conversation about sexuality, pleasure and consent.”
Included in Funny Women’s list of Ones To Watch, Nina Millns is an Actress, Writer and Activist from London. She founded the comedy collective Bad Handshake and her work is featured on Dead Parrot TV. Her work in TV, Film, Radio and Theatre include Channel 4’s Phoneshop, BBC Radio 4’s Giles Wemmbley Hogg and a series of radio plays for Wireless Theatre performed and broadcast live from the Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh. Her play DELETE has been longlisted for the PapaTango award and will be adapted for radio by Wireless Theatre. Nina is passionate about making work that gives a platform to marginalised voices and places the female experience centre-stage.
Her work as an Activist includes contributing to articles and videos for the Huffington Post on the MeToo movement for International Women’s Day, consulting with Equity for their report on sexual harassment in the industry, being a committee member of the Clear Lines Festival and running workshops for My Body Back and On Road Media.
How have you found being part of the Actor Awareness festival has been beneficial to you ? Actor Awareness is a great, much needed initiative, redressing the balance of inequality in the industry. Tom and Stephanie have been supportive and passionate in their aim and having the opportunity to tell the story of Delete to an audience that understands just how much privilege and entitlement can influence the outcome of people’s lives has been a wonderful opportunity.
What have you done to prep for the festival ? We have had to go from a fifteen minute extract to producing an entire production of the whole play! So much of my time has been spent raising funds, gathering our amazing team and prepping marketing and rehearsals. I’m looking forward to putting my Actor’s hat back on very soon and immersing myself in the character of Tanya.
Your biggest challenge ? The biggest challenge has definitely been fundraising. I’ve had to pull in a lot of favours from my amazing friends and network who have gone above and beyond to make this production happen. We are still in the midst of our crowdfunding campaign, but I have been extremely moved to witness peoples’ generosity.
Your hope for the play in the future ? I hope Delete will have a chance to have a nice run in a London theatre, and also to be taken on to further productions that can fully realise the multi-media aspect of the design.
As there has been a surge in new writing nights how do you think Actor Awareness is different to other new writing nights ? Actor Awareness champions the marginalised voices that just don’t get the same opportunities as the more privileged do. It has been so refreshing to be a part of such a varied, talented, and important selection of work. There just isn’t anything else quite like it.
“It’s certainly a very timely story. In the MeToo era this play shows how normal people, for reasons beyond their control, can get dragged into something quite ugly and dark.”
Imogen Butler-Cole trained at RADA and LISPA and has directed and acted in theatre and TV in Brasil, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Bangladesh, India and the UK. Favourite roles have included Ophelia in The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Ursula in Ursula and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directing credits include a multi-lingual Much Ado About Nothing (Mumbai); As You Like It: Gender as a Construct (RADA/ NYU Tisch); The House of Bilquis Bibi (ATC, London) and her own plays PiNiK, Dreamtime, A Story and A Song and Capoeira: Fora Das Correntes. She produced The Tempest in Bangla for Shakespeare’s Globe and was Casting Director for Bishaash, a BBC TV series in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Illona Linthwaite trained at Rose Bruford and left at a time when repertory theatre was thriving. In the ’80’s and ’90’s she formed her own company Mica to promote women in the theatre as performers, writers, directors and designers. During this time she also wrote and performed THE SPIRIT OF APHRA BEHN and commissioned Adrian Mitchell to write ANNA ON ANNA – a play about the Edwardian poet Anna Wickham. With these two solo plays she travelled to Scotland, Japan, France, India and the US. Illona has worked at the Arcola, Lyric Hammersmith, Donmar Warehouse, RSC, Playhouse Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Young Vic, BAC, Greenwich and the National Theatre and recently at the Old Red Lion. She has just finished a successful run of new play BOOTS at the Vault Festival in Waterloo and when not acting she both directs and teaches at Drama Studio London.
Theatre includes: Mother in the UK Tour of Running Wild for Fiery Angel; Cosima Trevino in the UK/German Tour of Sleepless and Salma in Sleepless both for Analogue Theatre; Tara Riki in No Exit for NGY Productions; The Daughter in The Edge for Transport Theatre; Lata in the UK Tour of Deranged Marriage for Rifco Arts; Sofia in Our Glass House for Commonwealth Theatre; The Snow Queen and Ensemble for the UK/Indian Tour of The Snow Queen for Trestle Theatre; Masi Ji in Behna for Kali Theatre; Mukti in The Tales Of The Harrow Road at Soho Theatre and Cockpit Theatre; Servant and Zainab in The House Of Bilquis Bibi for Tamasha.
Television and film credits include: Mumtaz in Call The Midwife for the BBC/Neal Street Productions; Aafiyah Choudray in Doctors for BBC; Liz (Social Worker) Recurring Role in Hollywood for Lime Pictures; DC Khan (Recurring Role) in Emmerdale, The Street III, Steel River Blues and Coronation Street for ITV; Waterloo Road for BBC/Shed Productions; Five Days 2, Kidhaar! and Anatomy Of A Crime for the BBC; Coming Up – ADHA Cup for IWC Media; White Girl (BAFTA Award Winning) for Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd; Honeycomb Lodge for Lesley Manning and Naachle London for Aviary Films. On Radio, Balvinder played the regular character of Simran Kaur in the BBC Asian Network series Silver Street for 6 years; Zarlakta in four series of Everyday Stories Of Afghan Folk for BBC Radio 4 and Above The Title; Playing With Fire, The Child In Time, The Love Ashana, The Prospect 2, Anti Macassars And Ylang Ylang Conditioner; End Of The World all for BBC Radio 4; An Enemy Of The People for BBC World Service.