Cast and Creative Team


Sarah Agha

Sarah’s theatre work includes Hakawatis (Shakespeare’s Globe), King John (RSC Stratford), Museum in Baghdad (RSC Stratford), Bitterenders (Arcola Theatre), Wizard of Oz / King Arthur (Scoop Amphitheatre), Operation Magic Carpet (Polka Theatre), Deadly Dialogues (Edinburgh / New York). On the screen she has appeared in the film Layla (BFI / Film 4) and on TV in Homeland (Showtime), Into The Badlands (AMC) and Rogue Heroes (BBC). Across BBC Radio Sarah has featured in The Tomb (Radio 4), Love Is Not New In This Country (Radio 3), We Are Displaced (Radio 4).

Lebogang Fisher

Lebogang Fisher is a South African actor and director. Her previous work includes Jungle (Amazon TV),  Here’s What She Said to Me (Utopia / Arcola Theatre), Lockdown Love (Webseries), The Fury (Showmax South Africa) and Troilus and Cressida (TSMG online). She was selected by Warner Bros. Television for its inaugural Actors in Training Program (2020), and holds a BA in Drama and English Literature from Rhodes University, as well as a diploma in Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy.  Lebogang recently played Aumerle in Tangle’s acclaimed UK tour of Richard the Second.

Joanna Foster

Joanna is an actor, singer, composer, and writer. As well as dramas for the BBC she has appeared in Casualty, Coronation Street, Family Affairs and played Miriam, Moses’ sister, in episode Exodus of The Bible (Channel 5). Theatre includes leading roles at the RSC, RNT, Young Vic and most recently Nicola Werenowska’s lockdown play: Behind Doors at Stoke Newington Festival. She sings in a Balkan/Klezmer band, co-runs Hackney Voices Choir with Cleo Bayley, writes and performs with her acapella group Anima and her song cycle Visions of 7 premiered at the Arcola Theatre. Joanna has performed Helen Chadwick’s work many times and is delighted to be collaborating with her again in Nothing On Earth. Writing projects include working with comedy duo Donna and Kebab, and the play Duet, both for The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Joanna wrote and directed a rehearsed reading of her first full length play The Inn of the Dawn Horse at Chats Palace last October, with mentoring and directorial support from director Rosamunde Hutt.

Lincoln James

Lincoln trained and graduated at RADA in 1999 having started acting at The Questors Theatre. He has played Mr Fag in the comedy The Rivals and DJ in Coming to Terms, a Vietnam play that toured in Lithuania. Lincoln has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival countless times, including the ensemble piece The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. With the Bridge Theatre training company he played Sam in the devised play The House. After graduating from RADA Lincoln played Alex in Roy Williams’ play Souls for Theatre Centre, both in the UK and in Amsterdam. In R J Williamson’s production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet he played Gravedigger/The Watch, and in As You Like It, Charles the Wrestler and Corin. He was Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, Giri in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Crooks in Of Mice and Men at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre. In Prospero’s Island, a new play based on The Tempest, Lincoln played Prospero and FleshCreep in Jack and the Beanstalk. At ENO Lincoln appeared in The Handmaid’s Tale and Gaddafi – a Living Myth. He portrayed Brabantio in Blacking Iago, based on Othello; Percy in the acclaimed South African play Woza Albert! and was Cyclops, Poseidon and ensemble in The Odyssey.

Rhiannon Meades

Rhiannon trained at Guildhall. Theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing and The Globe Mysteries (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Ghost Story and The Gypsy Bible (Opera North); Blunderbuss, Kippers and Wolf (Chipping Norton Theatre); The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen and The Selfish Giant (Sherman Theatre); On the Road to Freedom (Townsend Productions), Austerity (Play’s The Thing), A Christmas Carol (Haymarket Basingstoke), Fungus the Bogeyman (Pilot Theatre), Jemima Puddleduck and Her Friends (Unicorn Theatre) and Peribanez (The Young Vic). Recent screen work includes: Emmerdale, The B@it (CH4),The Accident (CH4), A Christmas Number One (Sky Cinema), and BAFTA winning miniseries The Pembrokeshire Murders (ITV). 

Creative Team

Anna Reynolds

Anna has written over fifteen nationally and internationally produced pieces of theatre, opera and dance including award-winning plays Jordan and Red, the opera Push! and dance/text piece SoulPlay. She is a novelist, prize-winning short-story writer, mentor for the Royal Literary Fund, literary consultant and runs creative-writing projects for people with learning disabilities in Hertfordshire.

Rosamunde Hutt

Rosamunde Hutt has led or co-led Hijinx Theatre (1990-1993), Theatre Centre (1993-2007), and Unicorn (Associate Artistic Director, 2007-2011). She has commissioned, directed or produced over 50 new plays in the UK and internationally. For Pursued by a Bear, she has directed five Nothing on Earth shorts – digital films by Anna Reynolds, and produced Pigeons and Plantain by Afia Nkrumah (Watford Fringe 2021, First Sight Festival, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, 2022). Recent credits include: Jabala and the Jinn by Asif Khan (AIK/Turtle Key Arts), The Mistake by Michael Mears (Edinburgh Festival 2022 and Arcola 2023) and The Shadow World Musical (Workshop Director), music and lyrics by Karl Lewkowicz and book by Hassan Abdulrazzak.

Helen Chadwick

Composing credits and commissions include the Royal Opera House, English Touring Opera, Greenwich and Salisbury Festivals, the BBC, the RSC and the National Theatre. With Steven Hoggett she has created Truth, War Correspondents, and Dalston Songs. A song writer, she performs solo and group concerts and has recorded ten albums including a track that featured on Desert Island Discs. She was a voice coach for 19 years at the National Theatre, has taught at RADA, Central, LAMDA and led singing workshops in over 25 countries.

For more visit Helen’s website.

Sophia Lovell Smith

Sophia Lovell Smith studied at Bretton Hall and designs for theatre, opera, dance and interactive performance for children. She is a designer, maker and workshop leader. In 2022 Sophia created Chasing Dots (RNS Sage, Gateshead & MishMash Prods), Catch A Sea Star (Seaglass Arts, shows for babies), Handa’s Surprise (Little Angel Theatre), Jina and the STEM Sisters (HMDT), and London Rhymes, a band making music for toddlers. Sophia is now designing MAD(E) (Mandala Theatre) and The Worst Princess (Full House Theatre). Sophia has previously designed for Unicorn, Crucible Theatre, Half Moon Theatre, fingersmiths, Opera Up Close, Royal Opera House Educational department, Regents Open Air Park Theatre, Theatre Rites, Kali, English Touring Opera, Theatre Centre, GLYPT, Spitalfields Music/Musical Rumpus Programme, Southbank Centre, ZArts, Trestle Theatre, Royal & Derngate Theatres, Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre By The Lake, Cumbria.

For more visit Sophia’s website.

Holly Ellis
Lighting Designer

Holly’s work includes: On the Ropes (Park Theatre), A Sherlock Carol (Associate LD, Marylebone Theatre), CASTEing (Roundabout), The Tempest (RCSSD), Autopilot (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Animal Kingdom (Hampstead, Downstairs), Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon (Southwark Playhouse, Offie Nominated for Best Lighting Design), All the Conversations and Another F***ing Play About Race (Arts Ed), Bobby and Amy (North Wall/UK tour/Pleasance Edinburgh), Tokyo Rose (Southwark Playhouse/UK tour), Errol’s Garden (UK tour).

For more visit Holly’s website.

Anna Short
Sound Designer

Anna trained at LAMDA. Theatre credits as Sound Designer include Crackers (Polka Theatre); Ravenscourt (Hampstead Theatre); Press / 4 (Park Theatre); Seven Celebrations (Orange Tree Theatre); Don’t Smoke in Bed (VAULT); In This Smoking Chaos(Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Camp Albion (Watermill Theatre & Rural Tour); I Know I Know I Know (Southwark Playhouse); The Straw Chair (Finborough Theatre); I Don’t Know Why I’m Crying (Camden People’s Theatre); Get Happy / Pauline / Humane (Pleasance Theatre); Maddie (Arcola Outside). As Associate Sound Designer: My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) (Turbine Theatre); Folk (Hampstead Theatre); Lesbian Space Crime (Soho Theatre); Two Billion Beats (Orange Tree Theatre).

For more visit Anna’s website.

Emily Gray
Movement Director

Emily was part of the team at Trestle Theatre Company that created the Hertfordshire Hidden Heroines project, during which the seeds for Nothing on Earth were sown; it has been wonderful to be part of a show that has grown and developed over many years, involving extraordinary women and their powerful stories. Emily was Artistic Director of Trestle from 2004-2019 and has since been Executive Director at Mercury Musical Developments and is now Creative Director at British Youth Music Theatre, a company that gives opportunities to young people across the UK to discover music theatre and experience the creativity that making new work has to offer. 

Emily has been a theatre director and movement director for 30 years and has always loved creating new shows and adaptations, including Frankenstein for the National Youth Theatre. She has worked continually in schools, training drama teachers, creating new projects and delivering workshops. Prior to Trestle, Emily was Artistic Director of TAG Theatre Company in Glasgow, Associate Director at Unicorn Theatre in London and Associate Director at Nottingham Playhouse and Roundabout TIE, where she was awarded the Regional Theatre Young Director’s Scheme. 

Grant Watson
Film Associate

Grant Watson is Associate Director (Film) of Pursued by a Bear and a playwright and screenwriter whose last play Perfect Blue was awarded three international awards. He has written extensively for UK television including Holby City, Family Affairs, and Doctors. He currently teaches creative writing at Cambridge University.

Crin Claxton
Production Manager

Crin Claxton is a production manager for theatre choosing to support fringe and political theatre that makes a difference. Crin has worked with companies and venues for over twenty five years, including Oval House Theatre, Spare Tyre, Paines Plough, Graeae, Stratford Circus, Vital Xposure, Clean Break, Drunken Chorus, Extant, Oily Cart, Chats Palace, Access All Areas, Lung Theatre, Drake Music and Cardboard Citizens.

Jack Scanlon
Company Stage Manager

Jack Scanlon is a theatre technician, sound engineer, musician and stage manager. He has worked with venues such as Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and The Hawth and with companies such as Paines Plough, HMDT Music and Orange Skies Theatre. Credits include Jina and the Stem Sisters, Fake News, Mrs Scrooge, Wild Onion, Half Empty Glasses, The Ultimate Pickle and A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain.

Production Team

Géhane Strehler
Associate Artist / Workshop Leader

Charlotte Furness
Marketing Consultant

Nancy Poole
Press Representative

Rachel Barker
Project Manager and Associate Producer

Thomas Kell
Supervisory Producer