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our mission

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 (belong). In 2014 natalie ibu became our third artistic director and with her came a question: what does it mean to be of African heritage but of mixed experience? In 2015 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.

 

our vision the mixed experience
In the 2011 census, people who identified as Black African were the majority group (53%) in Britain’s black community and ‘Black Other’ had increased by almost three-fold showing that those questions are becoming increasingly difficult to answer. It’s in this – the messy, the complex and the complicated identity politics – that tiata fahodzi sits, acknowledging that our audiences are more complex and contrasting than ever.

 

Our vision sees us embrace the multiple in all ways - narrative, form, experience, identity, scale - in order to continue to boldly interrogate what it means to be a British African today. Our stories are no longer niche but – as Britain is changing – are moving into the mainstream. Our work starts with the contemporary British African experience but reaches beyond to ask us all, what does it mean to be a contemporary Briton, now.

 

the abcs of tiata fahodzi We will produce world-class theatre that is as fearless in the how as it is in the what. It will be:

  • accessible theatre that speaks to – and of - contemporary Britain with wide appeal, crossing boundaries of race, gender, age and wealth. We aim to tour widely and engage audiences at all stages of the process online and offline. We aspire to be diverse in our art, artists and audience. We are particularly committed to artists of African heritage and are galvanized to playing our part in diversifying the theatrical landscape both on stage and off - in the art and the administration.
  • bold in form and in content. We seek to challenge the presumptions and reveal the African experience to British audiences in ways that are unusual and unexpected. We want to be formally adventurous as well as rigorous in our storytelling. Our programming largely focuses on new work – the untold, unseen, unheard and unfamiliar – and is, usually, developed from our own commissioning.
  • collaborative working is more than an enabler, it’s an enhancer. For us, it’s a conscious choice and we will fully embrace opportunities for partnership working - in all the small and big ways - building capacity and extending our reach.

 

tiata fahodzi is a resident company at Watford Palace Theatre - a 21st century producing theatre, making new work across the art forms of theatre, dance, outdoor arts and digital, and developing audiences, artists and communities through exciting opportunities to participate. 

 

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

 

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ajjaz awad-ibrahim

director placement

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 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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bhavini goyate

administrator

bhavini goyate

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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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edward kemp

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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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emilyne mondo

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emilyne mondo

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emilyne mondo is an actor, filmmaker and activist. She has worked with The Royal Shakespeare company, most recently on the American tour of Julius Caesar. Theatre credits include work at The Tricycle, Old Vic, Queen Elizabeth Halls and BAM (New York) Emilyne is the creator and hosts of  The Top Ten dinner a political and social event created to connect, inform and mobilise all members of the community. She is also a contributor to Dynamic Africa, a lifestyle & cultural platform with a focus on the voice of the diaspora.

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janice acquah

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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 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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