Black, no sugar

…a series of dark stories by Carole Kelly.

Help us raise the budget to engage voice-over talent and an audio engineer, and commission a composer / musician for a Black, no sugar’ title track. Read about our funding campaign here.

Here are the people behind Black, no sugar.

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Carole Kelly, author

Carole was born in New Zealand and lived for some time in the UK, before finally settling in Australia in the 1990s. She now lives in Lithgow, in the Central West of NSW.

Her early careers included window dressing, debt collection and working for the British Civil Service. After returning to New Zealand, and then to Australia, she pursued a career as a complementary therapist and counsellor. She completed a Master’s in Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy in 2013 and now specialises in relationship therapy.

Carole has been writing for most of her life but has been treating it seriously only in the last three years. She has already had several short stories published. Her first published work is ‘Cerelia’, a dystopian post-holocaust fiction, which is included in the anthology ‘The Four Season Project’, released in 2022. Carole has also been published in ‘Leaving Home and Other Stories‘ (2023), and ‘Soulmate Syndrome: Box Full of Darkness1 (2024)

John Tomkins, audio engineer

John has been in professional audio for more than 35 years; from high school plays to university sound crews to touring internationally as a sound engineer for more than two decades; touring with Neil Diamond, No Doubt, Tom Petty, and Prince; to name a few.

After accidents and injuries ended his touring career, John studied audio post production at university and now freelances as a sound designer and production sound mixer.

He’s recently worked on films that have won the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival for the last two years.

John lives in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Currently he has ‘The Big Dog‘ playing on Binge.

Bryan Cutts, producer / director of Black, no sugar

Bryan’s stage career started as a 5 year old… losing his ballet shoe and being blinded by the lights. He’s not looked back, and since his ballet days his work has included theatre, film, television and radio.

He resides in Lithgow, in the Central Tablelands of NSW, west of the Blue Mountains, where he mostly works from his home studio as a voice-actor / narrator, actor, director, producer and Murder Master®.

He has trained under people such as Collette Rayment, Dean Carey, Adam Cook and Mark Gaal, through institutions such as the Royal Academy of Ballet, the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) and the Actors’ Centre.

His performance disciplines include acting for stage, film and television, directing for the stage, slapstick, mime and other physical performance styles, as well as comedy and theatre of cruelty.

With a wealth of experience spanning over 40 years, Bryan has appeared in numerous plays such as Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, Ravenhill’s ‘Mother Clap’s Molly House’, ‘Archangels Don’t Play Pinball’ by Dario Fo, and Pinter’s ‘The Collection’ amongst others.

With several film and television credits to his name, Bryan has appeared in the drama ‘Living with the Law’ and played in the title role in the short ‘Monsieur Clown’.

As a director and producer he has worked on the Australian premiere of ‘Beginner at Life‘ by Alana Ruben Free, Alan Mackay’s The Boy on the Roof (another production of which he acted in early in his career), Just Once‘ by Alex Broun, as well as Andrew Bergman’s comedy ‘Social Security‘. His first Yulefest Blue Mountains production The 8: Reindeer Monologues, written by Jeff Goode, was staged in July 2012. This was followed in 2013 by his first production of The Goon Show LIVE! which sold out – he went to produce the show annually as part of Yulefest Blue Mountains, as well as touring, until 2019.

In addition to his portfolio of work, Bryan also conceived and co-developed the collection of short works ‘Birth Death and Everything Between, which he staged at Sydney’s TAP Gallery in conjunction with a visual art exhibition. This collection of works featured writing by WH Auden, Kathy Lette, Helen Garner, Alexia Kelly, Brett Maverix, Vince Melton, Cass Cumerford and Tania Yuki.


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Our goal  is to claim $5000 in matched funding which is on offer by the ACF to the ‘Black, no sugar’ project. To secure that funding, we need to raise $5000 in donations.

We have until midnight on 30th June 2024 to raise $5000


We have raised:

3% / $125