good dog: what they said

Last week, we opened good dog at Watford Palace Theatre. We welcomed back old audiences and regular visitors to the theatre, as well as humbling visits from various communities in Watford (some of them first time visitors to the theatre) and a wonderful bunch of students from the Princes Trust.  We’re now nearing the end of our […]

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5 reasons to see good dog

We’re nearly at the end of the first month of the year and inching closer to the world premiere of good dog. It’s been a great process so far – the good dog team have endured train strikes, foggy and frosty weather, but we have graciously braved through, resilient as ever. Last week we had […]

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tiata fahodzi to take part in Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS)

RTYDS announces successful applicants for its programmes starting in November 2016* tiata fahodzi is one of 5 theatre companies across England to join up with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS), the country’s longest running and most influential training scheme for new directors. RTYDS helped launched the careers of Ken Loach, John Tiffany, Vicky […]

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behind the scenes: good dog trailer

On the 31 August #tfhq left the office – a rare delight – to film the trailer for good dog, our spring 2017 production written by British-Nigerian Arinzé Kene. We took over the Kennington/Oval area, amidst London noises and atmosphere, to bring Kene’s script to life. We caught up with actress and producer Desara Bosnja, who […]

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Consortium led by tiata fahodzi wins ACE Sustained Theatre Fund

A consortium led by tiata fahodzi has been awarded Arts Council England’s Sustained Theatre Fund, designed to support the development of established and emerging Black and minority ethnic theatre makers and to increase their representation across the wider theatre sector.   There is a deficit of BAME leaders across the sector – the theatre industry […]

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Bhav’s first month at tiata fahodzi

Our new administrator Bhavini Goyate does a throwback to her first month at tiata fahodzi – we can’t quite believe how quickly the time has gone. “My first month as administrator for tiata fahodzi has been fantastic, challenging and a breath of fresh air (and not just because I’m in rural Watford). When I started […]

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Kin Podcast: There’s More To Life Than A JLO Booty

“What happens when you can’t see yourself in the world? What happens when your identity was built on being the only one?” – Natalie Ibu Kin Podcast, a podcast produced and hosted by playwright Sarah Kosar, kicked off their second season with their first episode There’s more to Life than a JLO Booty featuring tf’s very own Natalie Ibu, her […]

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guest post: performance artist paula varjack on the joys of the Edinburgh Fringe

What can artists expect from the Edinburgh Festival? A beautiful city that triples in population for 3 weeks with artists from all over the world. An exciting marathon of culture. An overwhelming assault on the senses and endless demands for attention from hundreds of others. A brilliant time. An exhausting time. A crushing time. An […]

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from sports in Rio to theatre in Edinburgh – two cities with the world inside them

Here at tiata fahodzi we’ve been overcome with Olympic fever – and the 2016 Rio games only started at the beginning of the week. We’ve been watching the African nations win the opening ceremony fashion wars, getting ourselves excited for the prospect of medals in the events we’re traditionally good at (hello, track and field events next […]

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tiata fahdozi’s edinburgh festival picks – artists from Africa and the diaspora

It’s finally August, and August means the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and some of the best theatre the world has to offer. After all the conversations about diverse theatre recently, we thought it would be good to do a list of some of our picks for the fringe. All artists on this list are, in some way, from Africa […]

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24 hours until Latitude – a chat with our digital officer

After last week’s chat with Yomi Sode about Latitude, we decided to speak to a Latitude veteran closer to home: Bridget Minamore, our Digital Officer. Here are a few words from her about Latitude, loving theatre, and half loving living in a tent…  “This year will be my third at Latitude; I’ve been to the festival twice before. […]

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q&a with writer yomi sode on taking British African art to Latitude

tiata fahodzi: Tell the tiata fahodzi audience a bit about yourself: who are you? yomi sode: I’m a writer. While the ongoing discussions around spoken word vs poetry are as never ending as “plant-in” vs “plant-ain”, I’ll neatly bunch it up and say I thoroughly enjoy both the process of writing and performance. Also! 2017 […]

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charlene james and natalie ibu q&a with RADA

  The creative team behind bricks and pieces – award-winning writer Charlene James and tiata fahodzi Artistic Director Natalie Ibu – both joined RADA for #bricksqanda, a twitter question and answer session about about the new show.   RADA: Hi Charlene and Natalie. To start with, tell us what can audiences expect from bricks and pieces?charlene james: Geeks, grief, heroines and Lego.natalie ibu: bricks and pieces is a delicate, funny, […]

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guest post: actor david jonsson on his role in bricks and pieces

Rehearsals for bricks and pieces have been brilliant. It’s been a process of constant digging and leaving no stone unturned. We work 6-day weeks, and things are constantly changing. From the feel or journey of a scene, to Charlene giving us new drafts, re-writes and tweeks; we’re certainly all being kept on our toes! Our […]

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time to say goodbye

Hello from tfhq. I’ve been interning with tiata fahodzi as their administrative assistant for the last three months. Today (4th April) is my last day with the company. I can’t believe how fast my time here has gone. I’ve learnt so much in such a short time, and I’m ever so grateful for the opportunity […]

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press: i know all the secrets interviews

  This week London http://thisweeklondon.com/article/natalie-ibu-i-know-all-the-secrets-in-my-world/ The Lowry Blog https://thelowryblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/interview-natalie-ibu-artistic-director-of-tiata-fahodzi/ Inter:Mission  http://www.intermissionbristol.co.uk/2016/02/17/an-interview-with-the-director-of-i-know-all-the-secrets-in-my-world-natalie-ibu/ The Stage https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/interviews/2016/solomon-israel-lack-of-diversity-is-a-shame-especially-in-this-country/ CALM https://www.thecalmzone.net/2016/03/imangination-the-capacity-to-believe-in-multiple-definitions-of-masculinity/  

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i know: what they said

press/ blog reviews  “A carefully crafted, physically rich piece…” – The Stage  “A moving, near-wordless meditation on grief…” – There Ought to be Clowns “Lovingly crafted and tenderly performed.” – London Theatre 1 “Careful construction and committed performances…” – The Reviews Hub “A truly powerful piece of theatre that drowns you in love and loneliness whilst somehow allowing you […]

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danny sapani becomes a patron

tiata fahodzi are thrilled to welcome Danny Sapani – an exquisite talent – as our newest patron. From Macbeth to Misfits, and Doctor Who to Little Britain, Danny Sapani is an accomplished and versatile actor whose work spans film, television and theatre. Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, his film work includes The Oxford […]

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we got kickstarted

We launched our very first crowdfunding campaign in October. We’re touched and thrilled that 36 people clubbed together to meet our £3000 goal in 45 days. You’re the best family we could wish for. The money you donated will go towards an audience development programme reaching African boys and men, fathers and sons. THANK YOU: Ajjaz […]

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happy 18th birthday

On 7 November, we took over Watford Palace Theatre with the first tiata delights since 2011. A day for artists and audiences, we celebrated 18 years of tiata fahodzi; looking back, around and forward at artists and art.   tiata delights round up PDF: delighted by tiata delights   (c) Wasi Daniju

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round up: aunty aunty did your hair

Last weekend, we set up a pop up salon (and home) at Africa Utopia – the Southbank Centre’s festival celebrating Africa. During aunty aunty: the style consultation, we encountered over 300 people, gathering 8 hours of recorded personal stories to inspire our 2018 production. We met friends and families, girls with blogs and women with braids; hoards of women […]

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programme: i know all the secrets in my world

i know all the secrets in my world produced by tiata fahodzi in association with Watford Palace Theatre               cast son mother father gamba cole keisha amponsa banson solomon israel  creative team   writer and director                       designer                                     lighting designer  movement director          […]

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news: tiata fahodzi and West Yorkshire Playhouse to take part in RTYDS

tiata fahodzi – in partnership with West Yorkshire Playhouse are one of 8 theatre companies across the UK  chosen to work with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS), the UK’s longest running and most influential training scheme for young directors.  For over 50 years, the scheme has placed new talent in major theatres around […]

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news: dear bloggers…

big bloggin’ We – at tiata fahodzi – love blogs. We spend our Sundays pouring endless cups of coffee and poring over every word, every tag, every link. It’s through your blogs we learnt how to shingle our newly shorn afro as well as about Jamal Harewood’s The Privileged. It’s through the corridors of twitter […]

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spotlight on #tfhq

There’s been a lot of change around here. We’ve changed artistic directors, moved to Watford Palace Theatre, relaunched the brand and passed the administration baton from long-serving thomas kell to alison hargreaves. So, let us introduce ourselves….                              Hey you, what’s your […]

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i know: video diary / emily ida

  emily ida is a freelance stage manager based in London. She trained at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, gaining knowledge in all areas of design and production, before choosing her pathway in stage management. Theatre credits include  After All This (Ovalhouse Theatre); Dark Earth (Eastern Angles); I Peaseblossom, I Caliban (Company of Angels); Quentin Crisp (Seabright Productions); Curtains (Mountview Academy of Theatre […]

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i know: video diary / ajjaz awad-ibrahim

    ajjaz awad-ibrahim trained at the Brit School, RADA (Foundation Course) and Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (BA) 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. Theatre credits include Bimwili and The Zimwi (Little Angel […]

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i know: video diary / annie-lunnette deakin-foster

    annie-lunnette deakin-foster is a choreographer, rehearsal director and movement director. For the past decade she has been working within the dance sector – teaching, performing, choreographing, creating production concepts, as well as assisting well known choreographers in the field and establishing her own company, C-12 Dance Theatre. Career highlights include: choreographic assisting Jeanefer Jean-Charles […]

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guest: pre tiata fahodzi / femi elufowoju jr

femi elufowoju jr, april 2015   “Several years after leaving Bretton Hall in West Yorkshire (where I had trained as an actor in 1990) Yvonne Brewster invited me to join Talawa Theatre Company and feature in two plays her company was producing at The Cochrane in Holborn. One of those plays was Nigerian playwright Biyi […]

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