‘I want you to think of a memory, and we’re going to pay that memory a visit…’
Conceived by Sherman Associate Artist Suzanne Packer to amplify Black voices, Open Platform continues to run throughout October.
“So now I’m here…speaking about my childhood. Learning to revisit that place. Locked away.”
The next artist to be featured on Open Platform is Thomas Vernal with his original monologue Psycho Therapy. Exploring the dynamics of a cognitive behavioural therapy session with a young man overcoming his reaction to a car accident, Psycho Therapy is written and performed by Thomas and directed by Alexandria Riley.
"At the end of the day, I don’t need anyone telling me I’m wired up differently…”
Thomas Vernal is an actor and writer currently in the process of moving to Wales. Originally from Birmingham, Thomas’ career has spanned many different theatre productions and musicals such as One Love, The Bob Marley Musical written by Kwame Kwei Armah, and smash-hit musical The Book of Mormon.
Thomas recently made his screen acting debut, appearing in the long running BBC drama Silent Witness.
Outside of acting, Thomas has fallen in love with writing for stage and screen. This has led him down a path of co-creating and co-writing his first TV pilot and series called The Thing Is...
Since he started writing, he saw a need for more diverse stories - and storytellers - to be presented on screen and stage. As a result of this thinking, Thomas created his own production company C.T.N Productions (Change The Narrative). C.T.N is a black-owned and black-led production company that specialises in showcasing the work of under-represented voices and aims to give opportunities to, and nurture, up-and-coming artists.
Thomas said: “Everybody has a story, and stories are meant to be told. So, I believe we should get them down on paper, on a stage, or even on screen. We should feel free and liberated to showcase our cultures and to showcase who we are. Telling our own personal stories, whilst allowing and encouraging other people to embrace our individuality in the process."
Open Platform: Black History Month sees the Sherman celebrate the work of Black artists on its digital channels throughout October. To listen to Glow, an original song by Welsh musician Eädyth, click here. To listen to original monologue Stumbling Back to Solitude by Carli De’La Hughes, click here. To find out more about the interdisciplinary remix 27 by Connor Allen, click here.
If you are an artist who has an existing piece of work that you would like to be shared on the platform please send an expression of interest, your content (either a video / piece of audio no longer than five minutes in duration, an illustration or painting or a piece of text) and a short biog (if you would like it included) to firstname.lastname@example.org