tiata fahodzi wants to be a home for African heritage artists, a base for you. No matter your discipline, no matter your experience, you’re welcome here. 

 

want in? tiata fahodzi continues to reflect the changing and developing diaspora by embracing the multiple in all ways (narrative, form, identity, scale) in order to continue to boldly interrogate what it means to be a British African today.

 

Did you know that 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? These 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.

 

Sometimes they’re a black woman with a Scottish accent, middle class by education and profession, working class by birth. Sometimes they’re in touch with the origin of their name but have never tasted the fried fruity goodness of a plantain. Sometimes they take okra soup as packed lunch to their City job but have never set foot on African soil. Sometimes they’re bilingual but know nothing about their heritage. Sometimes they know it all but from papers rather than parents. Sometimes they’d define themselves by their politics, their gender, their sexuality, their age, their job, where they live, where they don’t live, anything before they’d think about the colour of their skin or where their ancestors were from. Our audience and our potential audience are a wonderfully complicated mix; they are united by some relationship to Africa but also divided by the specific nuances of that very relationship.

 

It’s this – the detail, the specificity, the surprising, the complex, the contrasting and the complimentary that gets us excited. We’re looking for ideas that debate the mixed experience, plays that explore intersectionality, characters that straddle worlds, cultures, languages, classes, heritages, races and struggles. We want our work to look around and look forward – contemporary stories told in modern and innovative ways.

 

are you game? We engage artists year-round in a variety of ways, choose your discipline and find out how to get involved.

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We want to make the very best work, work that we couldn’t even begin to imagine. We need a range of diverse practitioners to help us realise and make this vital work. We need you. Email to arrange a meeting.

  • Email us. Have you got something on? We’d love to see your work. To invite us to your show, email and we’ll try to make it if we can.
  • Sign up to tiata artists to join our conversation.
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We want to make the very best work, work that we couldn’t even begin to imagine. Read the introduction to this section and the rest of the website and if you’ve got an idea, we want to hear about it. Email us to arrange a meeting.

  • Email us. Have you got something on? We’d love to see your work. To invite us to your show, email artists@tiatafahodzi.com and we’ll try to make it if we can.
  • Sign up to tiata artists to join the conversation.
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We want to make the very best work, work that we couldn’t even begin to imagine. If you’ve got an idea, we want to hear about it. Email to arrange a meeting.

  • If you think you’d be perfect to direct a tiata fahodzi project then you should see our work and we’d love to see yours too.
  • To invite us to your show, email and we’ll try to make it if we can.
  • We provide Assistant Director, shadowing and observational opportunities on each tiata fahodzi production. If you’re interested in learning your craft with us, keep checking back for artist development opportunities and sign up to tiata artists for opportunities delivered straight to your inbox.
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We produce one show a year and cast actors for a variety of projects at different times of the year.

  • You’ll find our latest casting call here but sign up to tiata artists for opportunities delivered straight to your inbox.
  • Whilst you’re waiting for a casting call, we’d love to see you do your thing. To invite us to your show, email and we’ll try to make it if we can.

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