Cheryl lives on the Isle of Wight with her husband Peter May, who has recently had his comedy sketches published. She has three daughters, and six grandchildren who thoroughly enjoy exploring the IOW on their visits to the island. Cheryl loves theatre and writes reviews and articles for Sardines Magazine for Amateur Theatre. She has also written articles for other publications. Discovering a passion for drama many years ago, Cheryl has also run script writing and drama workshops for children, storytelling sessions and pantomime workshops. She has facilitated drama groups and produced shows in primary schools and youth centres that she has worked in over the years.
On the write lines
A prolific writer since childhood, Cheryl has written and directed pantomimes, one act plays, murder mysteries and comedy sketches for drama societies. She also collaborated on the Titchfield Tapestry Plays and Romsey Ghost Walk (Barrett and Heather) and continues to write scripts and poetry. Her first published work was the pantomime DICK WHITTINGTON which she wrote and directed for a drama group. Her other solo pantomimes are JUNGLE BOOK the PANTOMIME, CINDERESSEX, GAME OF PANTO THRONES, BABES IN THE WOOD and JACK'S AMAZING BEANSTALK ROCKET. Cheryl has co-written 11 pantomimes with writer Bob Heather and they also run Pantomime workshops.
Cheryl is one of the pantomime specialists compiling the pantomime supplement for Sardines Magazine - Issue 21 Feb 2014, Issue 25 Feb 2015, Issue 29 Feb 2016, Issue 33 Feb 2017 and Issue 37 Feb 2018. Cheryl and Bob's all-encompassing books about pantomime, 'The Pantomime Writers Book of Gags and Routines', with foreword by Christopher Biggins, and 'More Gags and Routines for Pantomime Writers' are currently on sale.
Cheryl has always enjoyed writing poetry, and has performed her own poetry in arts venues on the Isle of Wight.
Cheryl enjoys singing and has sung at jazz and blues events. Cheryl has been involved in amateur theatre for many years and has played a wide variety of roles including Mrs Sowerberry in 'Oliver', M’Lynn in ‘Steel Magnolias’, and Madame Arcati in ‘Blithe Spirit’. Her favourite pantomime role was Dracula’s evil grandmother, Granula - after telling her chiropractor she wanted to play the part as an evil Yiddish grandmother but there was no such thing he replied, "You haven't met my mother-in-law..." Cheryl is a member of the West Wight Writers Group, Tennyson Townswomen Guild and is an active member of The New Strolling Players, CAODS, and Curtain Up drama group. She enjoys being one of a team of volunteers at Dimbola Museum and Galleries in Freshwater Bay.
As well as treading the boards in October as Madame Arcati in 'Blithe Spirit', Cheryl directed 3 of her one act plays for CAODS at Trinity Theatre in June. She will be directing JUNGLE BOOK the PANTOMIME for CAODS later in the year. Despite being so busy she hopes to spend more time in her garden writing den – ‘The Write Place’. If not too distracted by birds and the occasional red squirrel she plans to complete her collection of short stories, write more pantomimes, plays and comedy sketches and add to her series of history plays 'A Slice of...' for schools and youth theatre. Watch this space...