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Being a theatre company for Britain today and the Britain of tomorrow means that it’s important to us to stay plugged into the conversations that are preoccupying the diaspora. We love scrolling through our timelines and reading what Black British people have to say about barbershops, transmisogyny, music festivals and everything in between. Black Brits are taking […]

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natalie ibu’s speech at the launch of the artistic director leadership programme

Yesterday tiata fahodzi launched the Artistic Director Leadership Programme – a two-year training programme for future theatre leaders, delivered by 20 Stories High, Freedom Studios, Talawa Theatre Company and tiata fahodzi, supported by the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) and Independent Theatre Council (ITC) – with a speech from AD Natalie Ibu. Read on to see what she had to say to 30 of the leaders […]

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guest blog: anastasia’s first week

It’s Anastasia’s first week as Trainee Artistic Director at tiata fahodzi and she reflects on her jam-packed week – from assisting on shows to attending other shows for the company, it’s been a thrilling experience already – and it’s only just begun.  “A whirlwind of information, a new bubbly arty environment, a lovely step up into […]

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tiata fahodzi is looking for an executive director

tiata fahodzi is poised to realise further the ambitions that have been fermenting over the past few years under the artistic direction of Natalie Ibu. We now seek an Executive Director to work in partnership with the Artistic Director to form an executive team to lead and deliver the strategic, producing and operational demands of […]

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guest blog: Black Artists Are Bossing Edinburgh Fringe and Nobody Should Be Surprised About It – We Told You So / Tobi Kyeremateng

“So, Black artists can make great work, get great reviews and sell out shows. Who knew?!   Yes, it is yet another ‘Edinburgh-Festival-Fringe-sucks-at-diversity-for-yet-another-year-and-to-be-honest-it’s-just-getting-really-ridiculous-now-but-also-y’all-need-to-hear-a-few-home-truths.docx’ article, but before we get into all that, I’m going to start on a C-major chord.   This is my fourth year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and I have to say, […]

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guest blog: #FirstTimeISawMe / dushant patel

“This Wednesday, the hashtag #FirstTimeISawMe was doing the rounds on Twitter and it set the tf team abuzz with thoughts. #FirstTimeISawMe is a campaign by Netflix to get people talking about the first time they saw characters they identified with. It exploded on Twitter – a quick search for the hashtag shows an overwhelming majority of […]

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#tfhq’s edinburgh fringe picks

In just two weeks, the mixed brain team will touch down in Edinburgh for our Fringe debut. Celebrating its 70th birthday, the Ed Fringe is where it’s at for new work from across the world. Eager to hit those cobbled streets, we’ve been having a scroll through the programme. You know we’ve got big love for artists of […]

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guest blog: dushant’s first week

I’m at the end of my first week at tiata fahodzi and despite the weather, it’s been a fresh start after finishing my BA in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London just last month. I’ve already seen so much of Watford – from walking in and around the town centre (where we had a […]

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guest blog: stewart’s call to action

A letter from our trustee Stewart… ‘Hello. My name’s Stewart and I am proud to co-chair the board of tiata fahodzi.  I was incredibly moved and honoured to be invited to join the board. tiata fahodzi has a very special place in my affections. For I owe the company a deep and unpayable debt of gratitude. Many (too many) years ago […]

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appreciation post: reni eddo-lodge

On 31 May #tfhq headed to Foyles on Tottenham Court Road (all five floors of it) to attend a discussion with Reni Eddo-Lodge about her new book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race. The conversation was led by Varaidzo, contributor to The Good Immigrant and the arts and culture editor of […]

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bhav does bare lit 17

On 22-23 April, I went to Bare Lit, a literary festival that celebrates writers of colour at Toynbee Studios. I arrived armed with a notebook and an Americano from Pret (TF’s fave coffee shop), ready to engage, learn and furiously nod in agreement – all of those things happened. Never have I been more happy to […]

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good dog: the elephant in the room

When our audiences walk into the auditorium for good dog the first thing they notice on stage is a massive 3 x 3 black cubic structure. It’s been described as ‘stark‘, ‘deceptively simple‘ and ‘ominously evoking dingy tower blocks‘.   This ominous block is an artistic concept endearingly named ‘The Elephant in the Room’, designed by Amelia Jane […]

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artistic director leadership programme

Are you ready to take your seat and take up space?   “Who is curating the culture? Predominantly it is white, middle-class men.” David Oyelowo         How many people of colour are running publicly funded theatre organisations in England?  Not many. It’s time for a change. tiata fahodzi have brought together companies whose […]

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good dog: our finest review

We’ve received some great reviews for good dog since it’s been on tour for the last three weeks including The Stage, WhatsOnStage, The Telegraph and The Reviews Hub. However, this review written by Hermione McNamara, a sixth form student from Hexham, who came to our performance in Queen’s Hall Arts Centre last week, was the best one we’ve read […]

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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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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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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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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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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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