Cathianne is a theatre, film and TV writer and author based between Leeds, London and Manchester. Her practise is about researching hidden history and forgotten folklore to create modern fables that are relevant to today’s audience, aiming to tell stories that resonate across the years about ordinary but ultimately extraordinary people.
Current/recent projects include 'Chloe and the Whale' a novel and a collection of short stories exploring finding hope in the most bizarre places - which have turned into performance storytelling pieces. 'The Girl in the Grate', 'Found' and 'Jump' were performed to great acclaim at the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival. The 'Girl in the Grate' grew to become a solo show which played at the Brighton Fringe in May 2017 and Camden Fringe in August 2017 and will play Manchester in 2018. 'Over the Teacups' a piece created from the hidden history of the London Irish Centre will be the centre piece of their International Women's Day event in March 2018. 'The Famous 45' premiered at the Ilkley Lit Fest in 2017 and will play at Brighton and Camden Fringes in 2018.
Cathianne is currently Drama Development Script/Story Editor for CBBC in-house productions.
Past projects include : 'Heckmondfright: The Whistler in the Well' a walkabout piece of theatre and urban myth created from the hidden history of the West Yorks town of Heckmondwike for Halloween; ‘The Ballad of Lucky B’Stard’ in collaboration with Dreamtime Film – a projection, walkabout and circus/carnivale film piece filmed at Bestival 2013; and ‘Yan Tahn Teddera’ a short film/multi media piece in collaboration with Dreamtime Film and Eden Arts celebrating the winter droving festival in Penrith.‘Space Circus’ (Chol Theatre, nominated for The Brian Way Award); Diamond Johnny Ray (Theatre Boutique nominated for a Fringe First); Miss Dis’Grace (Theatre Boutique); ‘An Exact Science’ (York Theatre Royal); 13 Grape Street (Pleasance); ‘The Promise’ (Luke Losey); SilentScream.com (Urbis Manchester); Angels and Accidents (New End); Coronation Street Nintendo DS game (Mustard Corporation/ITV global).
Cathianne also has ten years experience as a Storyline Writer across Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and CBBC, storylining almost 3000 episodes of popular TV. Shows she’s worked on have amassed BAFTAs, NTA awards and Broadcast awards. She was a key member of the team that crafted the story for Emmerdale’s 40th anniversary live episode. She was Storyline Editor on CBBC's 'World's End' which aired in March 2015.
‘Cathianne Hall is a magician with words and images’ The Scotsman on Miss Dis’Grace
‘Vibrant and engaging with dramatic and visual impact – great originality and a unique lyrical style...’ Birmingham Rep on Diamond Johnny Ray
‘A striking celebration on women’s capacity for unshakable strength, open vulnerability and resilient optimism...’ The Stage on 13 Grape Street
'An intelligent discomforting piece' The York Press on An Exact Science
'Cathianne is a unique talent with a great understanding of character and is full of creative ideas' Kate Oates, Producer Emmerdale/Coronation Street.
'Cathianne has a unique voice, a sideways take on the ordinary and a fearless approach to the extraordinary' Titania Krimpas, Theatre Director.
'Cathianne's writing is playfully subversive and full of humanity' Andrew Loretto, Director /Creative Producer (Sheffield Crucible/Right Up Your Street)
'Pitch Perfect; spoken word of great subtlety and charm' The Camden Voyeur
'This woman has the superpower of making you imagine every single word she is saying. You become part of the story' Audience member Camden 2017