Meet the Cast: Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock

Sister/Sister      Mother/Uncle      Healer

Meet the cast of Leave Taking. Seraphina Beh and Nicholle Cherie play sisters Del and Viv. Sarah Niles plays their mother Enid. Wil Johnson plays Uncle Brod. Adjoa Andoh plays obeah Mai.

“What doctor know about our illness? Just give you pills to sick you stomach and a doctor certificate. What they know about a black woman soul?”

Two generations. Three incredible women. Leave Taking is one epic story of what we leave behind in order to find home.

Madani Younis (The Royale) directs the contemporary revival of Winsome Pinnock’s classic, award-winning play.

Book now: Leave Taking runs 24 May – 30 Jun in the Theatre.

Seraphina Beh Del


You might recognise Seraphina from our co-production of Parliament Square in which she played Catherine. Her other theatre credits include: Pigeon English, Romeo & Juliet, DNA (National Youth Theatre); Cosmic Jives (Albany Theatre); Black Attack (Bush Theatre); My Beautiful City (Arcola Theatre); Jack And The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith); Ondisting, Romeo & Juliet Et Al, Skeen (Ovalhouse Theatre). Television credits include: Eastenders (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Game Face (Objective Productions), Live At The Electric (Avalon Television).

Seraphine Beh in Parliament Square. A Bush Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production. Photo: Helen Murray

Seraphine Beh in Parliament Square. A Bush Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production. Photo: Helen Murray

Nicholle Cherrie Viv


Nicholle is a recent graduate of Arts Ed and makes her Bush Theatre debut in Leave Taking. Her theatre credits include: Mamma Mia (Cyprus) in the role of Lisa and Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Whilst in training her credits include: The Life, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Wish Me Luck, Candide, Hay Fever (Arts Ed); My Lifelong Love; Olivier Awards 2016; Olympia Horse Show.

Sarah Niles Enid


Sarah last appeared at the Bush Theatre in The Interrogation of Sandra Bland as part of Black Lives, Black Words. Her recent theatre credits include: B, The Sewing Group, Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), Truth & Reconciliation (Royal Court); Boy (Almeida); The Crucible (Old Vic); Anthony & Cleopatra (RSC/Off Broadway). Television credits include: Moving On (BBC), Marley’s Ghosts (UKTV), Lucky Man (Sky), Don’t Take My Baby (BBC). Film credits include: Still, Austenland, Cuban Fury, Now Is Good, London Boulevard, Games Men Play, Happy-Go-Lucky.

Sarah Niles centre) in The Interrogation of Sandra Bland as part of Black Lives, Black Words in 2017. Photo: Helen Murray

Sarah Niles (centre) in The Interrogation of Sandra Bland as part of Black Lives, Black Words in 2017. Photo: Helen Murray

Wil Johnson Brod


Wil makes his Bush Theatre debut in Leave Taking. His extensive credits as a stage actor include: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Old Vic); King Lear (Royal Exchange); A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre); Fuente Ovejuna ( National Theatre); Redundant (Royal Court); A Mad World My Masters (Shakespeare’s Globe). TV credits include: Carnival Row (Legendary); Outlander (Starz/Amazon); Vera, Lewis (ITV), Waking the Dead (BBC). Wil’s film credits include: Adulthood (Adulthood ltd), Anuvahood (Revolver), Midnight Breaks (Film 4), Dead End (Oceanstorm films) and Macbeth (Green Screen Productions).

Adjoa Andoh Mai


Adjoa is making her Bush Theatre debut. Previous theatre includes: Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre); Assata Taught Me (Gate Theatre); Soul (Royal & Derngate; Hackney Empire); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Donmar Warehouse); Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, Sugar Mummies, Starstruck (Tricycle Theatre); Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic); Julius Caesar, Tamburlaine, The Odyssey (RSC);  Or You Could Kiss Me, His Dark Materials, Stuff Happens, The Revenger’s Tragedy (National Theatre);  Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, In The Red And Brown Water (Young Vic); Purgatorio (Arcola). Her film credits include: Brotherhood; Remainder; Julius Caesar; Invictus; Adulthood; Every Time I Look at You; A Rather English Marriage; I Is a Long Married Woman and What My Mother Told Me.

Television includes: Death in Paradise, River, The Interceptor, Missing, MI High, Doctor Who, The Shadow in the North, Line of Duty, New Tricks, River, Chopra Town, Silent Witness, Dalziel & Pascoe, Every Time I Look At You, Casualty, In Search of Myths and Heroes, Macbeth, Jonathan Creek, A Rather English Marriage, Close Relations, An Independent Man, Health and Efficiency, Brittas Empire, The Missing Finger, Eastenders, One in Four A Short Film About Memoirs, Bedtime Stories (BBC); Acceptable Risk (RTE); Liar, Chasing Shadows, Broadchurch: Series 2, Law and Order, Scott and Bailey, Wire in the Blood, The Bill, Peak Practice, Thieftakers, Tomorrow People, Circle of Deceit, Twelve Angry Men, The South Bank Show (ITV); Cucumber, Brass Eye, Birthrights, West Indian Women at War (Channel 4); Brian Pern: Death of Rock (BBC4); Wizards vs Aliens, Grandpa in My Pocket (CBBC); Mrs. Inbetweeny (BBC Three); What My Mother Told Me (Film Four).

Leave Taking runs 24 May – 30 Jun in the Theatre.

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