our vision for the future

 

Contemporary Britain is a multiple society – rich with languages, races, cultures and identities. This diversity is unremarkable and normal, and a growing dimension of all our lives. 

 

Art and culture offer both a mirror to see ourselves and a window to see through to worlds unlike our own. However, theatre – as with so many areas of our curated mainstream culture – still fails to see so many people, experiences and identities in this multiple world. In doing so, it fails to invite – and make space for – us all to have a conversation with ourselves, and to understand more about the world we share, the lives we lead, and what it means to be here, now.

 

We want to see a cultural ecology in Britain where everyone feels invited and welcome to participate. A culture where all experiences – including the contemporary African heritage experience – are celebrated so that we get to see ourselves in our full complexity, where shortcuts fail to function, and where theatre offers understanding, and feels relevant to the lives we live.

 

our mission

 

We will play our part in generating a richer, more multiple mainstream theatre culture by championing stories that illuminate the mixed, multiple experience of what it is to be of African heritage in Britain today so that – in our contemporary, changing society – the African diaspora experience provides a lens for us all to see our lives.

 

our work so far 

 

"...gorgeous theatre from a truly diverse company" Sir Lenny Henry CBE 

 

​​Founded in 1997, our journey mirrors that of the British Africans we seek to serve; from early productions telling stories of emigration and diaspora (tickets and ties) to, under second artistic director Lucian Msamati, reflecting on the relationship Britain and British-Africans have with Africa (Olivier Award-winning Bola Agbaje's belong).

 

​In 2014, Natalie Ibu became tiata fahodzi's third Artistic Director and with her came a question: what does it mean to be of African heritage but of mixed experience? In 2014 and beyond, we continue to reflect the changing and developing diaspora with a particular interest in the dual and the in-between, in those who straddle worlds, cultures, languages, classes, heritages, races and struggles. It’s in this – the messy, the multiple and the complicated identity politics – that tiata fahodzi sits, acknowledging that our audiences are more complex and contrasting than ever. Our work starts with the contemporary British African experience but reaches beyond to ask us all, what does it mean to live here, today? 

 

​We produce theatre that is fearless. We want our work to look around and look forward – contemporary stories told in modern and innovative ways – and to embrace the multiple in all ways – narrative, form, experience, identity, perspective, scale. We celebrate characters defined not by their diversity, but by their humanity: in Natalie Ibu's i know all the secrets in my world we went on a journey of sound and movement, through grief, to meditate on the intimacies of black masculinity and black fatherhood. In Charlene James' bricks and pieces – a thoughtful portrait about family and fresh starts – we met characters struggling to survive as well as being black, not because they are black. In it, we were a gay – but not fully out – teacher grieving a partner, a young woman launching a startup and a new single life, a lad exploring Christianity and chatting up girls, an architect into hip-hop and geeking out over Lego – we are all of that and so much more. In Arinzé Kene's good dog we met the people and places that make you who you are and, most recently, in Nathan Bryon's mixed brain we asked if you live in the middle, does anywhere feel like home?

 

We are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

 

patrons Danny Sapani, Hugh Quarshie, Jenny Jules, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Sir Lenny Henry CBE

 

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Staff & Trustees

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dushant patel

trainee audience engagement assistant producer

dushant patel

trainee audience engagement assistant producer

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dushant patel recently finished a degree in Drama. In her final year, she hosted a number of long table events to spark conversations about a severe lack of racial and gender equality at Queen Mary, University of London. She has continued this work by helping to set up a campaign to Decolonise QMUL. Dushant freelances as a producer, writer and live artist. She has worked with Theatre Counterpoint as a writer on their latest production Am I Pretty?, performed a comedic fake lecture at Battersea Arts Centre’s Freshly Scratched and made an audience act out a play she wrote at Barrel Organ’s LIVE 4 scratch night. She has also co-devised and performed in Are you ready for your close up? with the Queen’s Others at Camden People’s Theatre. She works with Avimba Media, a start-up company aiming to mentor young artists and produce their work. She’s part of London’s Queer Trans People of Colour community and will most likely be at a concert, art show or a long table on the weekends. 

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anastasia osei-kuffour

Trainee Assistant Director

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Trainee Assistant Director

anastasia osei kuffour

anastasia osei-kuffour trained as a director through the Young Vic Directors Programme. Direction includes: Footprints On The Moon (Finborough Theatre); An Adventure (Bush Theatre); Cell (The Young Vic); Here Comes The Bride (Black Lives Black Words at the Bush Theatre); All The Ways to Say Goodbye (The Young Vic); Hosea’s Girl (Talawa Studio Firsts); Dishonour; You Know That I’ll Be Back; and Universally Speaking (Theatre 503) and Pushers (Etcetera Theatre).

 

Assistant Direction includes: Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, Stratford Circus and Schools Tour); Cuttin’ It– as part of The Young Vic’s Jerwood Assistant Director Programme; supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation (The Young Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Birmingham REP, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre); Three Generations of Women (Greenwich Theatre and Tour); Plaques and Tangles (Royal Court Theatre),Idomeneus (Gate Theatre); Henry the Fifth (Unicorn Theatre); and – as Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director – A Doll’s House (The Young Vic).

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ajjaz awad-ibrahim

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ajjaz awad-ibrahim

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Having attended both The Brit School and a foundation course at RADA, ajjaz awad-ibrahim graduated with a BA in Acting from The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, where she became the first student to win The Lawrence Olivier Award Bursary (2010). Since leaving education, she has continued to develop herself as a theatre-maker as well as an actor.  In 2014 she debuted her children’s theatre show Bimwili and The Zimwi at The Little Angel Theatre and assisted Melly Still for the Introduction to Directing course at The Young Vic. She then went on to write a short piece Coffee? Cake?, which was performed at The Feminist Library to mark it’s 40th Anniversary, before being the Production Runner for i know all the secrets of my world with tiata fahodzi. In 2016 she returned to The Young Vic to be Assistant Director on Parallel:Yerma.

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archie graham

Chair; Chair of Finance Sub-committee

archie graham

Chair; Chair of Finance Sub-committee

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archie graham – of Gambian / Sierra Leonean heritage – currently works as Finance Manager for UnLtd (The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs), a grant making charitable trust supporting social entrepreneurs. His professional career started off more than two decades ago in accountancy practice with Pannell Kerr Forster Chattered Accountants (PKF) – The Gambia as Trainee Accountant / Auditor and leaving the firm six years later as Audit Senior. Since then, he has worked for varying organisations mainly within the Not-For-Profit sector including the London Fire Brigade Welfare Fund, The Camden Society and Westminster Association for Mental Health (Westminster Mind). He also currently serves as a trustee and treasurer of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) – London.

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natalie ibu

artistic director and ceo

natalie ibu

artistic director and ceo

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natalie ibu is the artistic director of tiata fahodzi. Previously she was the Creative Producer for In Good Company, launching the regional artist development programme in the East Midlands for Derby Theatre, Embrace Arts Leicester and Create Mansfield. As a freelancer she has produced for Openworks Theatre and Maison Foo, worked as a Literary Consultant for Fifth Word and a Dramaturg for Spilt Milk Dance. In 2014, she was the Programme Manager at the Roundhouse. In 2012/13, she was the Creative Producer for Only Connect, producing a season of cross art-form work. In 2010/11, she was the inaugural Associate Director (Warehouse) for HighTide Festival Productions – responsible for the artist development and a physical research and development studio. In July 2009, she completed a year’s residency at the Royal Court as their Trainee Director. Since graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 2004, she have completed the Clore Leadership Programme Short Course, Stage One New Producers Workshop as well as short-term residencies with New York Theatre Workshop, the National Theatre Studio, Royal Shakespeare Company, Citizens’ Theatre and Contact. She have been awarded bursaries from Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council East Midlands. Awards include Dewar Arts Award for Exceptional Artists Under 30, Time Warner Ignite 2, IdeasTap Innovator’s Award and the Lilian Baylis Award for Theatrical Excellence. She is a trustee of the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling and Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. She is an Arts Council England South East Area Council Member.

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edward kemp

Trustee

edward kemp

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edward kemp is director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). A writer, director and dramaturg, he has worked for the National Theatre, RSC, Young Vic, Royal Court, Complicite and at theatres around the UK including a long association with Chichester. He has written and produced drama and comedy for BBC Radio. He has written libretti for the Royal Opera House, ENO, Glyndebourne, Manchester Festival and BBC Proms and ballet scenarios for the Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and companies in Bern, Helsinki and Koblenz.

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bhavini goyate

administrator

bhavini goyate

administrator

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bhavini goyate joined tiata fahodzi from Paines Plough where she was a trainee administrator. She worked as a Production Assistant at the Almeida Theatre. She is a member of London’s samba and carnival community and takes part in London’s annual Notting Hill Carnival. 

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janice acquah

Trustee

janice acquah

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janice acquah was born and grew up in Ghana and served as Chair of tiata fahodzi from 2001 to 2006. She has worked extensively as an actor and TV presenter; her credits as an actor include an international tour of Soyinka’s The Beatification of the Area Boy, work with Mike Leigh and regular membership of the BBC Radio Company. She has been a primary school governor and held responsibility for Inclusion. As a governor she also coordinated several successful fundraising campaigns.

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stewart melton

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stewart melton

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stewart melton is a writer, director and dramaturg. He is an Associate Artist of Company of Angels and was formerly Youth & Community Director of Southwark Playhouse. His plays have been staged at Unicorn, the Young Vic, the Edinburgh Festival and on tour across the UK. Having worked in the education sector for many years, he has a particular interest in theatre for young audiences, and frequently facilitates writing and performance projects for children, young people and their families.

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tiata fahodzi is seeking an Executive Director to drive forward and deliver long term visions for the company. 

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