Cathianne is a theatre, film and TV writer and author based between Leeds and London. 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.
Cathianne was Drama Development Script/Story Editor for BBC Children's In-house Productions working on new commissions. She was development lead and production script editor on 'The Demon Headmaster' for two seasons. She is currently script editing 'The Beaker Girls' S2 for CBBC. Cathianne also edits for Rollem Productions, The BFI YA fund and runs industry sessions for Screen Yorkshire. She teaches storytelling and screen writing to MA level, notably for Leeds Uni. Cathianne is currently a member of Screen Yorkshire's FLEX programme, developing original agile storytelling content.
Cathianne's previous TV experience is as a Storyline Writer/Editor across Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and CBBC. She storylined almost 3000 episodes of popular TV. Stories she’s worked on have achieved BAFTAs, NTA awards and Broadcast awards.
Cathianne originally trained in performance and for some crazy reason has decided to step back onto stage. She's telling her own stories the way she wants to tell them in the form of performance storytelling... 'Shadow Shift', 'The Girl in the Grate', 'The Famous 45' and 'Modern Girl 1895' have notably played the Ilkley Lit Fest, Brighton Fringe, Camden Fringe and Manchester Fringes since 2015. Cathianne was an artist in residence at Theatre Deli Sheffield in March 2020 with her new show 'Chloe and the Whale'.
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 Hall is a magician with words and images’ The Scotsman****
'Pitch Perfect; spoken word of great subtlety and charm' The Camden Voyeur on 'The Girl in the Grate'
‘Vibrant and engaging with dramatic and visual impact – great originality and a unique lyrical style...’ Birmingham Rep
‘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/Exec Producer for continuing drama BBC.
'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, Winchester Hat Fair.
'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 for 'The Girl in the Grate'.
'Vibrant Storytelling' 'A fascinating creative telling - so personal to me' 'Beautiful and compelling storytelling'. Audience members Camden 2018 for 'The Famous 45'.