Interview: Gabrielle Brooks, star of Once On This Island, Get Up Stand Up! & Mlima’s Tale

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Olivier nominee Gabrielle Brooks most recently starred as Ti Moune in the London revival of Once on this Island at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Next up, she’s set to star in Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage and directed by Miranda Cromwell at the Kiln Theatre.


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Some of Gabrielle’s early theatre credits include understudy Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (UK & Ireland Tour), Our House (Savoy) and understudy Chenice in I Can’t Sing (London Palladium). In 2015, Gabrielle was nominated for West End Frame’s Understudy of the Year Award for understudying Nabulingi in the West End production of The Book of Mormon (Prince Of Wales).

In this episode, Gabrielle discusses her path in the inudustry, including the decisions she made which resulted in her career heading in some very exciting directions. 

Some of Gabrielle’s subsequent credits include: The Strangers Case (Liverpool Everyman), Red Snapper (Belgrade), Synergy Play Readings (Theatre503), Lazarus (King’s Cross), Queen Anne (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Becca in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie & Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (both Sheffield Theatres), The Way Of The World (Donmar), Twelth Night (Young Vic), Our Lady Of Kibeho (Royal & Derngate), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park), Anna Bella Eema (Arcola) and J’ouvert (Harold Pinter).

Additionally, Gabrielle is one of the co-creators of Mawa Theatre Company, the UK’s first all-Black, all-female Shakespeare Company who most recently hosted a Monologue Slam at The Globe featuring classic pieces from Black and Black Mixed Race women. 

Follow Gabrielle on Instagram: @gabby_bro 

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