“A different kind of voice in theatre… rising up!”
From the Japanese word for “phoenix”, Fennikusu encourages people who have previously felt excluded from theatre and the arts to rise up and join with us to get their voices heard through our productions, workshops and collaborative writing projects.
Created by Manchester producer, writer and actor Hadesa Sonné, Fennikusu Productions aims to give a voice to those who have previously felt excluded from the dramatic arts and provide them with a platform to express their creativity.
Fennikusu is proud to introduce and encourage new talent, promote true diversity and offer fresh perspectives on the arts, including dance, movement and physical theatre.
Through our plays, workshops and educational and writing projects, Fennikusu’s aim is to produce entertaining, inclusive and affordable arts projects for all.
Writer, producer and actor Hadesa Sonné is a drama graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University and studied musical theatre and drama at Pendleton Sixth Form College. Also a talented singer and trained dancer, Hadesa attended Liz Postlethwaite’s (cousin of “Brassed Off” and “The Usual Suspects” star, Pete) youth group at the Library Theatre. She also studied Performing Arts at Pendleton College. Hadesa wrote, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed play, “Stolen Moments” and also won praise for her work directing physical theatre aspects of Cream Faced Loons’ outdoor productions of “Hamlet” and “King Lear”.
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Pete Gibson is an actor and the founder of PR company PeteGibsonMedia, who provide media and marketing support for charities and the arts. As an actor, he has rich experience of the stage in productions across the North and at theatres such as HOME and The Lowry. Pete has appeared in prime-time TV dramas and corporate films for large companies such as Carphone Warehouse and Sky. He played love-rat Steve in Fennikusu’s “Stolen Moments” and was toilet cleaner John in “Stigma”. Along with another Fennikusu actor Tasharelle Jones-Hoyes, Pete formed the drama group, “Young and Gifted and Black”.
Writer, director and actor Sarah Wilkinson graduated from Kingston University in 2006. She has appeared in theatre in numerous roles including “Twisted Tales” at 3MT in Manchester, “Guilt” at the Lantern Theatre in Liverpool and in pantomime “Mother Goose” at Salford Arts Theatre. Her most recent TV credit was as Fred West’s mother in Channel 5’s docudrama “When Fred met Rose”. Films include “It Should’ve Been Me” and “Chewie”. Sarah is also a writer and director with her own production company, Stone Jetty.
Abey Bradbury is an actor, director/producer. Trained at Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, RTYDS and the Globe Theatre, London. Abey has not only performed in various shows in and around Manchester, most recently, Beverly Does Broadway: The Rebound with She Productions, but has directed a fair few as well, most recently Waiting for Waiting for Godot at the Kings Arms, Salford. Talented Abey also has a successful theatre company herself the Cream Faced Loons who’s aim of bringing “exciting, accessible, affordable” and brilliantly unique takes on Shakespeare’s works has been delighting audiences since 2016.