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tiata delights took over Watford Palace Theatre again with an inclusive festival, bringing artists and audiences together for a jam-packed day of events.

Artists joined us for a day of hands-on artist development sessions and relaxed networking opportunities, led by industry insiders and some of the brightest stars in the business. They got to develop new skills and see new work in a warm and inviting environment, as we celebrate well into the evening. Whether you’re an artist developing your career, or you just want to have fun and get a taste of tomorrow’s talents (and some delicious diaspora culinary delights) this was a date for your diary.

tiata delights is known for showcasing and developing exciting new talent and celebrating established artists, including the now award-winning playwright Bola Agbaje (writer of Gone Too Far!) Adetomiwa Edun (from BBC’s Merlin), Christopher Colquhoun (BBC’s Casualty and The Lion King), Cush Jumbo (BBC’s Lip Service) and Martina Laird (BBC’s Casualty). Here’s your chance to sample the best of the future in the present. 

tiata artists day pass: artists, writers, directors, actors and the creatively curious, bought a tiata artist day pass to access all areas and navigated their own journey through the day. 

audiences were invited to join us with the tiata delights: after dark pass

 

artists’ sessions (free access with an artist pass):

 

build your own journey: 10:30-11:00am: café and greenroom bar

Start planning your creative journey for the day with complimentary coffee, croissants and conversation.

 

tobi kyeremateng: opening conversation: 11:00-11:30am: mainstage

 

writing up a storm: 11:30am-1:00pm: rehearsal studio

with award-winning writer Emma Dennis-Edwards

Join Emma Dennis-Edwards for a workshop to discover your voice, gather exercises to kick start your process, discuss what it means to tell stories today and how to pitch your work to venues and programmers.

 

producing surgeries: 11:30am-1:00pm and 3:00-5:00pm: dressing room

with Salome Wagine, independent producer and Project Manager at Cambridge Junction (Diverse Actions)

Bring a concept, an idea or a project and let producing whiz Salome Wagine help you problem solve the journey from your imagination to the stage. [Limited availability, arrive at 10:30am to book your 15 min slot]

 

let’s talk about residencies, baby: 11:30am-1:00pm: the green room bar

with theatremaker and 2019 JMK winner Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu

Join Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu as he discusses residencies and awards and application processes. 

 

the freelance hustle: how to survive and thrive: 11:30am-1:00pm: cafe

with Paula Akpan (journalist and founder of Black Girl Fest), Ryan Calais Cameron (award-winning writer, actor and Artistic Director of Nouveau Riche) and Jools Walker (cycling activist, author and TV presenter)

Join our multi-disciplinary panel as they share their journey and the hustle to thrive and survive as a freelancer.

 

how to protect your work: 11:30am-1:00pm: hospitality room

with talent agent, Marvin Godfrey 

Join Marvin as he provides an insight into the business aspects of show business, how artists can protect their work and how to work with agents.

 

lunch: 1:00pm-2:00pm: cafe / green room bar

Don’t worry, we got you… lunch is on us. Go in on our African buffet brought to you by Afrinape

 

speed networking: 2:00pm-2:45pm: mainstage

If this world is all about who you know, let’s get to know more and different people in this rapid speed networking session.

 

radical kindness in the rehearsal room: 3:00-4:45pm: mainstage

with Cherrelle Skeete actor, writer, theatremaker, Co-Founder & Co-Director of Blacktress UK 

Join Cherrelle for an acting workshop and learning the importance of community healing and militant kindness in art.

 

let’s get practical: 3:00-5:00pm: rehearsal studio

Join the multi-award-winning Nancy Medina as she puts directing under the spotlight, sharing her processes and practices and the journey behind her career including Two Trains Running (Royal&Derngate/English Touring Theatre), Strange Fruit (Bush Theatre) The Half God of Rainfall (Fuel/Birmingham Rep/Kiln Theatre).

 

all things arts council: 3:00-5:00pm: cafe

with Terry Adams, Relationship Manager at Arts Council England

Join Terry as he shares the keys to producing strong funding applications for Art Council grants.

 

making money moves: 3:00-5:00pm: green room bar

with Mwiza Mkandawire, Accountant & Head of Finance at Artsadmin

Learn how to manage your money and budget for your creative projects.

 

working with (not against) theatre press: 3:00-5:00pm: hospitality room

with Bridget Minamore, writer, journalist and dramaturg

Join Bridget as she gives us the scoop on working with press — how to do it well, how to engage journalists with the work you’re making, and how to do it without spending lots of money.

 

the future of theatre: closing conversation: 5:00-6:00pm: mainstage

Join the newest theatre Executives on the block as they discuss, debate and dream about the future of theatre.

 

tiata delights: after dark (free access with an after dark pass or the do it all pass)

the delightful RAP party

What might eloquent voices from contemporary poetry and spoken word movements have to say about hip-hop’s past, present and future? Come chill and find out at Inua Ellams’ Rhythm And Poetry Party, a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, night of hip-hop-inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs.

The format is super simple. 10 poets share a poem that engages any aspect of hip hop culture after each poet, the DJ will play two hip hop songs of the poet’s choosing that linked to the poem.

This special event, commissioned by tiata fahodzi, closed out tiata delights, a day of hands-on artist development sessions and relaxed networking opportunities, led by industry insiders and some of the brightest stars in the theatre business.

 


 

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Cast & Creative

bridget minamore

working with (not against) theatre press

bridget minamore

working with (not against) theatre press

Bridget Minamore is a British-Ghanaian writer from south-east London. She is a poet, critic, dramaturg, and journalist, and a regular contributor to The Guardian about theatre. She was chosen as one of Speaking Volumes’ 40 Stars of Black British Literature, has read her work internationally, and is the co-lead tutor for the Roundhouse Poetry Collective. Titanic (Out-Spoken Press), her debut pamphlet of poems on modern love and loss, was published in May 2016.

cherrelle skeete

radical kindness in the rehearsal room

cherrelle skeete

radical kindness in the rehearsal room

Cherrelle Skeete was born and raised in Birmingham but has made London home for the past 10 years. Trained in acting and collaborative and devised theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Cherrelle’s work as an actress has been on screen, stage, radio. She is a new character in Amazon Primes Hanna season broadcasting in 2020. She has strong grassroots organising and cofounded Blacktress UK in 2017 which she now directs with Shiloh Coke. Blacktress UK is a network and support group for self identifying black womxn actors. They host meetups events, talks, workshops and in 2018 hosted the very first Blacktress season: 19 work-in- progress shows written by Black Womxn performed at the Actors Centre over 12 weeks.

emma dennis-edwards

writing up a storm

emma dennis-edwards

writing up a storm

Emma Dennis-Edwards is a performer and playwright of Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage. Emma has been a participant at the Royal Court, Soho, Lyric Hammersmith and Oval House’s young writers programmes and was mostly recently awarded a commission by the Old Vic as part of The Old Vic 12 Programme.

Emma’s play Funeral Flowers was commissioned by Power Play Theatre Activists in association with the Pleasance Theatre and was part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won the Scotsman’s Fringe First Award. It has since enjoyed a sold out London transfer to The Bunker, Free Word Centre and Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Emma’s play American Dream 2.0 was recently performed at the Young Vic as part of their Neighbourhood Theatre project.

Emma is currently on the BBC Studio Writer’s Academy, writing across BBC Continuing drama as well as developing her own television projects.

jools walker

the freelance hustle: how to survive and thrive

jools walker

the freelance hustle: how to survive and thrive

Jools Walker is a blogger, tv presenter and author. Her blog VeloCityGirl focuses on different aspects of cycling, including cycle-style, her own adventures on two wheels, and how to widen participation in the activity.

Jools’ blog and social media presence has evolved from being her ‘tiny corner of the internet’ to inspiring women and young girls around the world to get on the saddle and ride. Leading publication BikeBiz lists her as one of the most influential women in the UK cycling industry. The well-respected US publication Bicycling Magazine touts her as one of the 107 Cycling Digital Superstars in the world to follow. Instagram named Jools as one of the most influential female storytellers in their #MyStoryUK campaign.

Jools now finds herself talking about cycling culture, and what it’s like to be a black woman in that domain on platforms as varied as BBC Newsnight, the Design Museum, BBC Radio 4, and Southbank Centre’s WOW Festival.

Her first book ‘Back In The Frame’ which tells the story of how Jools fell in love with all things bike and her journey into cycling, was published by Little, Brown in May 2019.

marvin godfrey

how to protect your work

marvin godfrey

how to protect your work

Marvin Godfrey originally started in Biochemistry before making the decision to pursue a career working in a field he has always been passionate about, talent management. Marvin has spent nearly a decade working with a range of talent from high profile leading and award-winning actors to recent graduates/ up and coming young performers. Marvin has his own list spanning across Film TV and Theatre. 

mwiza mkandawire

making money moves

mwiza mkandawire

making money moves

Mwiza Mkandawire is the Head of Finance at Artsadmin Ltd. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a masters degree in Accounting with Finance from London South Bank University. Prior to joining Artsadmin Ltd she worked at Free Form Arts Trust Ltd and various organisations in both the commercial and charity sectors in Malawi. Mwiza has excellent knowledge and understanding of arts and charity finance.

nancy medina

let's get practical

nancy medina

let's get practical

Nancy Medina is originally from Brooklyn NY,  and currently based in Bristol.  She is an acting tutor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Course Leader for a post 16 Professional Acting Diploma at Boomsatsuma.  Coming up 2020:  The Laramie Project (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School).  Directing credits include: Two Trains Running (Royal&Derngate/English Touring Theatre), Strange Fruit (Bush Theatre) The Half God of Rainfall (Fuel/Birmingham Rep/Kiln Theatre),  Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), When They Go Low (NT Connections/Sherman Theatre), Yellowman (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet (GB Theatre), As You Like it (GB Theatre), Curried Goat and Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic), Dogtag (Theatre West), Strawberry & Chocolate (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Dutchman (Tobacco Factory Theatres) and Persistence of Memory (Rondo Theatre). Awards: 2018 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award (Royal & Derngate/ETT), 2017 Genesis Future Director Award  (Young Vic), 2014 Emerging Director’s Prize (Tobacco Factory Theatres)

paula akpan

the freelance hustle: how to survive and thrive

paula akpan

the freelance hustle: how to survive and thrive

Paula Akpan is a journalist, speaker and founding director of Black Girl Festival, an arts and cultural festival celebrating black women and girls.

ryan calais cameron

the freelance hustle: how to survive and thrive

ryan calais cameron

the freelance hustle: how to survive and thrive

Ryan Calais Cameron is the winner of the 2018 Off West End Adopt A Playwright Award for his play RHAPSODY, which was produced at the Arcola in March 2018. Ryan has been shortlisted for the 2019 Alfred Fagan award.  He is an alumnus of the Royal Court writer’s programme 2017 and the Soho Young Company 2016/17. Ryan’s play QUEENS OF SHEBA won the 2018 Edinburgh Untapped Award having played to sell-out audiences at the Camden Peoples Theatre in October 2017.   Its 4 week run at Edinburgh Fringe Fest 2018 sold out, garnering 4 and 5 star reviews across the board and winning the Edinburgh Stage Award 2018. Ryan is currently on attachment with the Royal Court Theatre and has also been commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre. Ryan co-created The Tide, Talawa’s first ever show created exclusively for outdoor performance. Ryan is the Artistic Director of multi-award winning production company Nouveau Riche, who are responsible for such projects as Timbuktu, Queens of Sheba and Typical. Ryan is also a professional actor.  His work in Theatre includes  Mogadishu (Manchester Royal Exchange/Lyric Hammersmith), The West Bridge (The Royal Court).

salome wagaine

producing surgeries

salome wagaine

producing surgeries

Salome Wagaine is a writer and producer from and based in London. Currently, she works at Cambridge Junction, project managing Diverse Actions, Live Art UK’s three-year (2017-2020) initiative supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme that champions Black, Asian and minority ethnic people working in live art. She is also Artist Development Associate at Chisenhale Dance Space. As an independent producer, she has most recently worked at the Bush Theatre as part of Project 2036, co-creating a gameshow, Exceptional Promise. She has produced a number of studio shows and R&Ds (Queens of Sheba, Nouveau Riche, Camden People’s Theatre October 2017; Salty Irina by Eve Leigh, Ovalhouse May 2019; Before I Was A Bear by Eleanor Tindall, Bunker Theatre, November 2019). She is a member of ETT’s Forge programme, is on Stage One’s Bridge the Gap scheme 2020 and is a trustee for contemporary music organisation, Filthy Lucre. Salome was shortlisted for the London Writers Awards 2019 in the Narrative Nonfiction category.

terry adams

all things arts council

terry adams

all things arts council

Terry Adams is an Arts Council England, Relationship Manager, Diversity South East. He has held senior strategic and decision-making roles (employee and freelance contacts) for over 20 years, including supporting national policy on diverse portrayal and representing for BBC radio and TV programming, designing recruitment policy for media outlets (e.g. newspapers and independent TV), operational delivery of large-budgeted, positive action, diversity programme, led on leadership initiatives for diverse practitioners, delivery of a EU funded capacity building programme, supported strategic policy making for local government, developed step-change business/organisational strategies for emerging cultural organisations, supported project organisational, development and fundraising objectives for individual artists and small arts/cultural organisations. The most important area of his work is the support he gives to artists and creatives who represent less heard, marginalised, alternative voices and artistic practices.

the r.a.p party

the delightful R.A.P Party

the r.a.p party

the delightful R.A.P Party

It’s a debate that has raged for years and rages still; whether or not Rap is Poetry or Poetry, Rap. We ain’t concerned with this, we respect, cherish and are fans of both word-art-forms. We wish to share and showcase them at their meeting… Music. This is what the R.A.P Party is about. It is neither club night nor poetry reading, rave nor literary event. It feels like a lowkey house party where a few errant guests make beautiful speeches about why the Dj’s selection is the shit.

It’s what it is.

tobi kyeremateng

keynote speech

tobi kyeremateng

keynote speech

Tobi Kyeremateng is an award-winning producer with 8 years’ experience in live performance, festivals and film. Recent credits include: ‘J’Ouvert’ by Yasmin Joseph at Theatre503, BABYLON Festival at Bush Theatre, AFRO-CITY Festival at the Roundhouse and short films ‘Wishbone’ and ‘Secret Life of Gs’ written and directed by Caleb Femi, and docufiction film ‘Roots For A Crown’ by Julianknxx. She has worked for organisations such as: AFROPUNK London, Apples and Snakes, Battersea Arts Centre, Brainchild Festival, gal-dem, Old Vic Theatre, Ovalhouse Theatre and Tate Modern, and her work largely revolves around redefining traditional arts spaces, socio-political activism, inclusive engagement and artistic collaboration. She is the founder of Black Ticket Project and was named as part of The Stage 100’s 2019 ‘Most Influential Figures Working in the UK Theatre and Performing Arts Industry’.Tobi won the ‘Inspiration of the Year’ Award at Stylist Magazine’s first Remarkable Women Awards 2019 and received recognition from The Mayor of London as part of the Hidden Credits campaign. She is one of 25 civic leaders selected as part of the first Civic Futures Initiative by Koreo, Dark Matter Labs and The Young Foundation, in partnership with the Greater London Authority, and is a Trustee for Peckham Platform and The Diversity School Initiative.

tristan fynn-aiduenu

tristan fynn-aiduenu

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu is a British-Ghanaian theatre-maker hailing from South London.  He has studied at Roehampton University & Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Directing Credits include: Timbuktu (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Sweet Like Chocolate Boy (Jack Studio & National tour), Little Baby Jesus (Orange Tree Theatre) & Beyond The Canon Showcase 2018 (RADA). Writing credits include: Sweet Like Chocolate Boy (Jack Studio & National tour), SKEEN! (Ovalhouse) & Precious (Royal Court).

Reviews

Daniel Bailey

Resident Director / Birmingham Rep

“It was a day to rejoice for all theatre makers and future theatre makers... knowing a good company is supporting a sense of community within the arts. From sharing a couch with you (Natalie) and speaking with Gbolahan, to letting Danny know he was an inspiration of mine at 16 years old.”

Jenny Batt

Participation Projects Manager / Watford Palace Theatre

“The range and quality of artists delivering day sessions was outstanding. The peer networking opportunities and access to established artists for practical guidance and development on offer at this day was hugely helpful and is a rare opportunity here.”

Danny Sapani

Actor / (National Theatre, Ch4)

“Still buzzing from Saturday evening. I can't thank you enough for giving me the chance to speak and share.”

Aslam Percival Husain

Theatremaker

“Spending the day surrounded by BAME artists, the festival felt and looked like the future of UK theatre. Incredible talks from the legends that are Danny Sapani and Bonnie Greer instilled in me a hope for the future of a diverse theatre. The workshops galvanised me to re-start my own work and to be more than just an actor, but a theatre maker.”

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