guest post: the future of arts leadership / natalie ibu

Our Artistic Director — Natalie Ibu — was invited to be on The Future of Arts Leadership panel discussion with Kwame Kwei-Armah and Jenny Sealey chaired by Matt Trueman at Derby Theatre, as part of their Departure Lounge Festival 2018. She delivered this provocation: “I feel like I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about leadership. Partly because I’m almost […]

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guest post: the friendship model – “you gotta get with my friends…” / natalie ibu

“I started my job – as the Artistic Director and CEO of national portfolio theatre company tiata fahodzi – on the exact day, in 2014, that Arts Council England launched the Creative Case for Diversity and – supposedly – the moment “measured action on diversity in arts and culture goes mainstream” and a re-expressed commitment to representative programming, […]

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the creative case for…. hang on – why do we need to make a case to be seen?

Our Artistic Director Natalie Ibu headed to the Creative Case for Diversity conference held in Nottingham on 15 January 2018. With new data inspiring new (or not-so-new) discussions surrounding ‘diversity’ in the arts, Natalie had a lot to say.   I started my job – running @tiatafahodzi – on the exact day, in 2014, that ACE launched the #creativecase so in many ways the […]

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diverse christmas

This December, tiata fahodzi – in partnership with the Young Vic – will be visiting primary schools in Peckham and Stockwell, asking 4 year olds what Christmas, difference and race means to them as part of research and development for our Christmas show for contemporary Britain, diverse christmas.   “stories have to be about white people” […]

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mixed brain

Jack wanted to get into teams real quick so he said, why don’t we do blacks VS white? I was confused, what does he mean? People with black shoes vs people with white trainers? Jack, Tom, Rob, George and Myles went to one side of the pitch and I was left stood in the middle as […]

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good dog

tiata fahodzi in association with Watford Palace Theatre presents good dog by Arinzé Kene.  It’s in the window of Sam’s, behind the rusty display. Two wheels, shiny body, handlebars ready to be gripped. Mum’s promised him that bike so even when school or homelife bites, he knows to keep his chin up, his head down and his […]

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bricks and pieces

“Are black people often playing petty criminals? Are women always playing the love interest or talking about men? Are gay people always stereotyped? Are disabled people hardly ever seen?… …I don’t think of myself as just a ‘black actor’. I’m an actor, not a number” – Idris Elba, The House of Commons, January 2016. Working in collaboration […]

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