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 Murders starring Elijah Wood, Song for a Raggy Boy starring Aidan Quinn, Timecode II, Hardboiled Sweets starring Ian Hart, and Danny Boyle’s Trance. Danny also played the lead villain in the hugely successful Bollywood Singham 2 movie. Danny recently wrapped on Jadotville, in South Africa opposite Jamie Dornan and Mark Strong. His wide-ranging TV credits include Doctor Who, Garrow’s Law, Misfits, Documental, Little Britain, Shirley, The Town, Blackout and The Fear. Danny also stars as regular character ‘Sembene’ in the hit Sky Atlantic show Penny Dreadful, Penny Dreadful series 2 is currently airing on Wednesday evenings. He will next be seen in Fox’s new drama The Bastard Executioner. Sapani’s extensive theatre work encompasses The National Theatre, Royal Court, The Globe and The Donmar Warehouse. He played Macbeth in an award-winning production directed by Max Stafford Clark. He played the leading role of Ephraim in the critically acclaimed Moon on a Rainbow Shawl in 2011 and in 2014 Danny did two plays back to back at The National Theatre, Home directed by Nadia Fall and he played Jason in Medea opposite Helen McCrory.


Danny Sapani said “As an actor, I worked with the company at the Almeida for the tiata delights festival in 2008 and now, in 2016, I’m proud to return as a patron.  Under Natalie Ibu’s tenure the company reflects the mixed experience of Britain’s African diaspora. I’m a British Ghanaian with a Jewish wife and Afro-Eurasian and Afro-Jewish children. My mixed experience – like that of so many others – is recognised and celebrated through tiata fahodzi’s work.”


Artistic Director Natalie Ibu said “It is a real pleasure to have Danny Sapani join our esteemed Patrons. I’m delighted to have his support as the company moves into its 19th year with a desire to play our part in making our stages and our buildings look like the streets they sit on. My vision for tiata fahodzi sees us refuse to oversimplify the African diaspora and, instead, relish in the complexities. Danny gives us hope for the future of a truly diverse theatre. People like Danny make us braver.


Danny was last seen at tiata delights 15 where he gave an incredible closing speech, inspiring us all with what’s possible.

“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.” Aslam Percival Husain, emerging theatre maker.


Read the announcement in The Stage


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