i know all the secrets in my worldspring 2016, national tour
Following a work-in-progress mini festival tour in summer 2015, tiata fahodzi took to the road our biggest national tour since we started. i know all the secrets in my world is a play about what happens when speaking is impossible… a story that breaks your heart and pieces it together, putting plasters touched with tiny kisses over the cracks.
i know… is a duet between a father and son in their familial home after the bricks come crashing down around them following the loss of their wife and mother. A journey of sound and movement which moves through their grief and meditates on fantasy, gender roles, disconnection, absence and the permanence of love. i know… is a multi-love story about men, women, fathers and sons.
We’re committed to making great art for everyone. No matter where you live, we found a way to share our story with you. We brought our wordless play to venues across the country – meeting old audiences and new – between 27 Jan – 4 Mar.
27 – 30 jan / Watford Palace Theatre at West Herts College
31 jan / The Porter Theatre, Framlingham College
3 feb / Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
4 – 6 feb / Salisbury Playhouse
10 – 11 feb / Unity Theatre, Liverpool
12 – 13 feb / Lincoln Drill Hall
17 – 20 feb / Bristol Old Vic
24 feb / The Lowry, Salford
25 – 26 feb / The Drum, Birmingham
1 mar / Nottingham Playhouse
2 mar / Mercury Theatre, Colchester
3 – 4 mar / The Albany, London
(c) Wasi Daniju
in association with Watford Palace Theatre
Raising awareness of CALM
supported by the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK
kickstarted by Ajjaz Awad, Archie Graham, Ben Spiller, Edwards Jensen Architects, Edward Kemp, Helga Pile, Lara Rose, Lucian Msamati, Maria Rodriguez, Matilda Ibini, Nene Ibu & John Anderson aka Ma and Pa, Oladipo Agboluaje, Peggy Ekeledo-Smith, Penelope Dennis, Sanchia Alasia, Steven Downs, HRM THEODORA IBEKWE-OYEBADE & CHIEF AYO OYEBADE and 19 generous others.
Cast & Creative
alyson cummins studied architecture at UCD and trained at Motley. She was a finalist in the Linbury biennial prize for stage design 2007.
Set and costume design includes: The Wishmaker (Bernie Grant Arts Centre/Haringey Shed); Pentecost – winner of best set design Irish Times Theatre Awards, Mixed Marriage (Lyric Belfast); Be Infants in Evil (Druid); Summertime (Tinderbox); It’s a Family Affair (We’ll Settle it Ourselves…) (Sherman Cymru); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (The Company/Lowry); Before it Rains (Bristol Old Vic & Sherman Cymru); Pornography (Waking Exploits); Pigeon (Carpet Theatre); Ruben Guthrie (Iron Bark); How the World Began (Arcola Theatre); Hamlet (Second Age); Colleen Bawn (Project/Civic/Bedrock); Serious Money and Dying City (Rough Magic AIB SEEDS); Extremities (Spark to a Flame); Crosswired (East London Dance Festival); The Trials of Brother Jero, Through a Film Darkly (Arambe); Ya Get Me (Old Vic – Education).
Set design includes: Heartbreak House; The Risen People; Quietly; Perve and No Escape (Abbey Theatre). The Trailer of Bridget Dinnigan (ITM); Off Plan (Project Arts Centre/RAW).
Associate designer for Rae Smith: The Prince of the Pagodas (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Rite of Spring & Petrushka (Fabulous Beast). Design associate: Les Troyens (La Scala).
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 on Bolero Remixed (2010), in collaboration with the New London Orchestra and over 70 performers assisting award-winning Australian choreographer Shaun Parker on Trolleys (2012), which won the Argus Award for “Artistic Excellence”, and provided the opportunity to travel twice to Australia to remount the work at Awesome Festival, Perth 2013, and Art & About, Sydney 2014; being shortlisted for the 2013 New Adventures Choreographic Award; choreographing a music video for Crystal Fighters, Love Alight, 2014; movement direction for the BBC for their Easter Religion & Ethics celebrations of The Great North Passion, 2014; consecutively receiving National Lottery Grant for the Arts funding award for creative projects: The Van Man (2012), Shhh! (2013), Market Stall (2014) and Sherlock R&D (2015).
azusa ono studied fine arts in Japan and trained in lighting design at the RCSSD in London.
Recent design includes: Dot, Squiggle and Rest (Royal Opera House – Clore Studio); Peddling (New York 59E59, then touring); We Are Proud… (Bush Theatre), Choreogata (Southbank Centre).
caitlin o’reilly trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. Caitlin is a freelance events/productions professional and has been working as a stage manager for five years. For the past year she has been working on The 39 Steps (The Criterion Theatre) and most recently has been working on Ben Hur (The Tricycle Theatre). Other work includes: Napoleon Blown Apart, Boy, PlayWROUGHT, Misbehaving, The Insect Play, Used Car Junkyard (Arcola Theatre), As You Like It (Southwark Playhouse) and site-specific work with Nonsuch Theatre as part of Nottingham’s Light Night. She has been production managed for Cultivated Nonsense, Gypsy Disco at festivals and venues all over the UK and Europe. Other events include Greenwich Comedy Festival, Bristol Comedy Garden and Lost & Found – Interactive Nonsense Facilitators.
composer and sound designer
composer and sound designer
helen skiera is currently part of the operating sound team for The Encounter (Complicite) touring UK and Europe. Previous work for tiata fahodzi includes The Legend of Hamba and The Epic Adventure of Nhamo The Manyika Warrior and his Sexy Wife Chipo.
Recent work as sound designer and composer: The Magna Carta Plays (Salisbury Playhouse); Harajuku Girls (Finborough Theatre), The Dog, The Night, and The Knife, Pandora’s Box, Sister Of, Miss Julie (Arcola); The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face (Shunt); The Last Words You’ll Hear (Almeida at Latitude); Adler and Gibb (Royal Court Theatre, as Associate); I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole (The Gate Theatre, as Associate); Advice for the Young at Heart (Theatre Centre, tour); The Centre, (Islington Community Theatre); The Three Sisters, The Seagull, The Laramie Project (Guildhall School of Music and Drama); Snow White, US/UK Exchange, (Old Vic New Voices); Meat (Bush), Once In A Lifetime, The Eighth Continent, An Absolute Turkey (E15), Colors, The Criminals, House of Bones, Medea, (Drama Centre); Concrete Jungle (Riverside Studios); Brightest and Best (WeWereHere); The Riot Act, Beautiful Blows (Southbank Centre).
As operator for the Royal Court, Young Vic, RSC and West End: King Charles III, Chimerica, Jersusalem, Clybourne Park, Enron, Posh, Feast. Helen has composed and performed music for websites and cabaret/comedy ensembles; and performed on television for Right Said Fred‘s live band.
louise stephens is a dramaturg specialising in new work for live performance. She is Deputy Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre.
For a decade she has developed work with companies including the National Theatre of Scotland, Live Theatre, the Tron Theatre & the Traverse Theatre.
writer and director
writer and director
natalie ibu is the artistic director of tiata fahodzi. For the company, directing credits include i know all the secrets in my world, here and mango.
Other directing credits include readings and productions at the Riverside Studios, Young Vic, Lyric, Southwark Playhouse, Southbank Centre, Jersey Arts Trust, The Old Vic Tunnels, Theatre503, The Gate, Latitude, HighTide, BAC, Oran Mor, Traverse, Royal Court, ATC at the Young Vic, OVNV at The Old Vic, Waterloo East and The Vineyard Theatre in New York, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Citizens’, The Arches, Contact and Nottingham Playhouse.
Residencies include New York Theatre Workshop, the National Theatre Studio, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Citizens’ Theatre and Contact. She have been awarded bursaries from Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council East Midlands. Awards include Dewar Arts Award for Exceptional Artists Under 30, Time Warner Ignite 2, IdeasTap Innovator’s Award and the Lilian Baylis Award for Theatrical Excellence.
solomon israel trained at LAMDA.
Theatre credits include Juicy and Delicious (Nuffield Theatre); Octagon (Arcola); Chigger Foot Boys (Ovalhouse Theatre); The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Comedy Of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company); Taking Steps (Old Laundry Theatre); Redemption Over Hammersmith Broadway (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith); Taking Steps (Tricycle Theatre) and Tuff Love (Bullion Theatre).
TV credits include Josh (BBC), Brothers with No Game (BWNG/London Live), Law and Order (Kudos/ITV), Holby City and Quick Cuts (BBC).
Technical Stage Manager
Technical Stage Manager
"@tiatafahodzi delivers a poignant emotional rollercoaster @NewWolsey for #pulse15. 2 actors skilfully balance the journey from joy to grief"
Glen Pearce/ The Public Reviews
"Tiata Fahodzi offer a poignant look at family grief..."
"My favourite show @LatitudeFest was @tiatafahodzi and "I know all the secrets in my world" beautiful, moving, unmissable if you get a chance"
"Still thinking about @tiatafahodzi's deeply moving world of wordless grief in I Know All The Secrets at #DEparture15. Beautiful show."
"A moving piece from @tiatafahodzi today, had me close to tears & warmed by its sensitivity #12watch @ingoodcoEM #DEpartureLounge"
"Achingly heartbreaking & silent portrayal of grief by @tiatafahodzi @NMHIBUIsHere #DEparture15"
"It’s a poignant, skilfully rendered piece."
"Writer and Director Natalie Ibu presents a moving and heartbreaking narrative, a narrative that repeats the everyday, the mundane, but highlights how the change in family infrastructure can completely alter the ordinary. A must see, I had to hold back the tears."
"Saw @tiatafahodzi at @LatitudeFest - absolutely stunning play. 5 of us in tears!"
Tim Bano/ The Stage
“A carefully crafted, physically rich piece…”