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Roann Hassani McCloskey is an Algerian-British storyteller. Her work includes her 2019 award-winning sell-out, one-woman show, My Father the Tantric Masseur – an autobiographical exploration of sexuality, sexual trauma and familial relationships. Her second show, Who Murdered My Cat? shines a light on memory, its inconsistencies and its power in forming our identities. She is currently writing a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama TV series Lights, Camera, Couscous in which her Algerian mother, who informs so much of her creative work, has the starring role. 

2021 saw Roann chosen for BBC London voices, as well as SAFAR film school for emerging Arab Filmmakers. She has now been published twice in Dardishi’s annual Zine; a piece on ‘collective healing’ and a series of her poems on ‘Journey’. Roann founded and co-hosts a monthly storytelling night ‘Last Thursday Club’ in a brewery in North London.

 

Roann's writing finds the heart and humour that runs through tragedy, and centres around her curiosity and passion for bringing stories usually left at the margins to the centre where they belong.

Roann is an educational facilitator focussing on anti-oppression pedagogy and accountability. She also works as a script consultant and production challenger.

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ROANN MCCLOSKEY ORIGINS AWARD

HEDDA

'Hedda was played by Roann McCloskey who really got into her character’s head, portraying the multi-faceted personality flawlessly'

—  LondonTheatre1

 
 
GROWN UPS

a film starring
ROANN MCCLOSKEY &

CALLUM PATRICK HUGHES

written & co-directed by
ANNA COSTELLO

edited & co-directed by
ROBBIE GIBBON

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Roann McCloskey returns with her hilarious, award winning approach to story-telling and comedy. Following sell-out shows at Vault Festival 19, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Soho Theatre, Roann is over-sharing once again.

Not from the makers of ‘Making a Murderer’. Also not from the makers of ‘Kidnapped in Plain Sight’ – A journey of self discovery where Roann leaves no (wo)man behind. Piecing together what it means to be a mixed heritage, queer, woman having grown up in the 90's, in Wembley.

Gender & sexuality, a spilt nail varnish, a murdered cat. Roann delves into her past, as she has some questions and questionable memories. All her family members are back in force in her second show and due to popular demand, more stories of her Algerian Mother and her unique take on life will take centre stage.

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Roann tells all of her English father turned Tantric Masseur, her Muslim mother who insists on open dialogue; and how she has been caught in the middle since the age of six, furiously masturbating ...

 

In this journey of self-discovery, Roann McCloskey takes on sex, sexuality and power, as she shares navigating her life as a queer, British-Algerian woman that will have you laughing, crying and pondering the name you’ve given your genitals.

Award-winning show from Vault Festival 2019, sell-out Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho Theatre London and now 96 Festival.

 

MY FATHER REVIEWS ...

'Congenial storyteller, a likeable stage presence,

a lot of truth'

—  The Stage

‘Ask her to read a train timetable and she’d have her audience in stitches’

—  British theatre Guide

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