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

tiata delights was the first ever festival to platform British African talent. From the Arcola and the Almeida to The Africa Centre, the festival now makes its home in Watford, bringing the wisdom of those who’ve gone before to today’s young creatives.

tiata artists day pass: artists, writers, directors, actors and the creatively curious, buy a tiata artist day pass to access all areas. Navigate your own journey through the day, including one-to-one script salons with renowned dramaturg Ola Animashawun (Euphoric Ink / Artistic Associate at the Royal Court), directing workshops with Gbolahan Obisesan (Young Vic Associate Director), a movement class with Diane Alison Mitchell (London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony), a roundtable debate with award-winning Tanya Moodie or an acting workshop with Cyril Nri of Channel 4’s Cucumber. Danny Sapani (Ch4’s Misfits/Showtime’s Penny Dreadful/Royal Court/National Theatre/Out of Joint) will be making the closing speech to kick off the party and tiata delights: after dark.

audiences are invited to come celebrate our 18th birthday in our new home. tiata delights: after dark is a birthday party-cum-house-warming-cum-theatre festival. The first drink’s on us as we take you on a journey through tiata fahodzi classics from the past and share our vision for the future. If you kicked yourself for missing the original Olivier nominated Iya-Ile (2009), Belong (2012) or The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and His Sexy Wife Chipo (2013), don’t worry, we’re bringing them back from the archives in a special theatrical mixtape, compiled just for you.  

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 (11am): £15 / book over the phone: 01923 225671

tiata delights: after dark (6pm): £10 / book over the phone: 01923 225671

do it all: £20 / book over the phone: 01923 225671

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

bonnie greer: opening conversation: 11:00 – 12noon: mainstage

story salons: all day: dressing room

with Ola Animashawun, Royal Court Artistic Associate and Creative Director of Euphoric Ink.

We’re… all about the scripts, ’bout the script…. Join Royal Court Artistic Associate Ola Animashawun for a one-to-one dramaturgical session. Bring a scene your struggling with, a concept that needs clarity or that thing you just can’t put your finger on. [Limited availability, bring two copies of your script and book on the day. First come, first served.]

let’s get direct about directing: 12noon – 1.30pm: the green room bar

with Gbolahan Obisesan, Young Vic Associate Director

Join Gbolahan Obisesan as he puts directing under the spotlight, sharing his processes and practices and the journey behind the career.

putting the playground back in the play: 12noon – 1.30pm: mainstage

with leading actor Cyril Nri

In a world where most drama can be distilled down to versions of Doctors and Nurses, Cowboys and Indians, Cops and Robbers or Kings and Queens, actor Cyril Nri practically explores putting more “play” into the serious art of acting. [Wear loose clothing as you will be expected to play in this workshop.] 

let’s get physical: 12noon – 1.30pm: rehearsal studio

with RSC regular, movement director, Diane Alison-Mitchell

Join Diane Alison-Mitchell in this physical workshop, exploring movement in all its guises – from warm up to character work through set pieces.

metaphor and monologue: 12noon – 1.30pm: cafe

with multi-awardwinning writer Sabrina Mahfouz

Join Sabrina Mahfouz to explore metaphor and monologue in writing.

the blank page: 2.30pm – 4.15pm: rehearsal studio

with award-winning playwright, Janice Okoh

Join Bruntwood Prize winner, Janice Okoh as she shares how she gets from a blank page to an award-winning script.

making work work: 2.30pm – 4.15pm: the green room bar

in conversation with Turner Prize short-listed artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

What is a ‘jack of all trades’? Join a panel of multi-disciplinary guests as they ask each other – and you – about the art of being a cross-skilled artist and how to make work work in contemporary Britain.

MonologueSlam UK Masterclass: 2.30pm – 4.15pm: mainstage

with TV, film and theatre actor Gary Pillai

Join Gary Pillai for a masterclass focused on monologues, in partnership with the TriForce Creative Network. The TCN is a talent development network who run MonologueSlam UK, the industry showcase for actors across the UK. MonologueSlam UK is a national competitive showcase competition with events at Birmingham REP, Contact in Manchester, West Yorkshire Playhouse, National Theatre Wales in Cardiff, the Mercury Theatre in Colchester and Theatre Royal Stratford East in London. They also run WriterSlam with support from ITV, BBC, Hat Trick, Tiger Aspect and Creative Skillset, as well as the annual TriForce Short Film Festival at BAFTA. [Participants need to prepare a 1 minute monologue for the Masterclass.]

RTYDS: director development: 2.30pm – 4.15pm: the cafe

with RTYDS alumni and tiata fahodzi artistic director Natalie Ibu and current resident at Birmingham Rep, Daniel Bailey

Join past and present directors of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme to find out about the residencies; how to apply, how to make the most of your time in a regional theatre and what to do whilst you’re waiting to apply. Come armed with questions and get the inside scoop on the leading directors’ training programme from those who’ve gone before.

danny sapani: closing speech: 4.30pm: mainstage

tiata delights: afterdark

plays
iya-ile, (the first wife) by oladipo agboluaje
belong by bola agbaje
joe guy by roy williams
the epic adventure of nhamo the manyika warrior and his sexy wife chipo by denton chikura
i know all the secrets in my world by natalie ibu
stop.rewind by melissa bubnic

…directed by natalie ibu

cast 
shola adewusi (Chewing Gum, The Kennedys, Catastrophe)
michelle asante (Doctor Who, The Bill, Holby City)
amie burns-walker (RSC, Traverse, Hull Truck)
david carr (National Theatre, Soldier Soldier, RSC)
nakay kpaka (Globe, ETT, Broadchurch)
claire lams (Royal Court, Humans, Eastenders)
david mumeni (Royal Court, Phone Shop, Fresh Meat)
kemi-bo jacobs (Talawa, The Honourable Woman, Doctor Who)
mark rice-oxley (New Tricks, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Barbican)
david webber (Old Vic, National Theatre, Young Vic)
daniel york (National Theatre, Birmingham Rep, RSC)
rene zagger (National Theatre, RSC, The Bill)


 

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Cast & Creative

amie burns walker

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amie burns walker

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cyril nri

actor: putting the playground back in the play

cyril nri

actor: putting the playground back in the play

cyril nri is an actor of 32 years’ experience. He is best known for playing Lance in Russell T Davies’ Cucumber, Supt. Adam Okaro in The Bill, Graham in This Life, Ariel in Jonathon Miller’s production of The Tempest and Cassius in The RSC’s World touring 2012 production of Julius Caesar.

daniel bailey

panelist: developing directors

daniel bailey

panelist: developing directors

daniel bailey is the RTYDS Resident Assistant Director at the Birmingham Rep, having previously been Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and Resident Assistant Director at The Finborough Theatre. Daniel has since started a theatre company New Heritage Theatre that works with new writers and theatre makers to produce unheard voices and thought provoking work for all audiences. Directing credits include Amahra Spence (Birmingham Rep/ Talawa/Ovalhouse); Satanic Panic (Drayton Arms Theatre); My Darling Wife (Talawa Firsts); Pre Judgment Day (Paddington Arts/White Bear).

 

daniel york

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daniel york

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danny sapani

actor: closing speech

danny sapani

actor: closing speech

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. 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.

diane alison-mitchell

movement director: let's get physical

diane alison-mitchell

movement director: let's get physical

diane alison-mitchell is a movement director, theatre choreographer and actor movement tutor.  She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent theatre credits include Othello, Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company); Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); How Nigeria Became: A story, and a spear that didn’t work (Unicorn Theatre); The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Nambia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 (Bush Theatre), The Island (Young Vic); Lola – The Life of Lola Montez (Trestle Theatre Company), The Relapse (Embassy Theatre).  Diane’s TV credits include Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company/Illuminations /BBC).  She was also part of the creative team for the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

gary pillai

actor: MonologueSlam UK Masterclass

gary pillai

actor: MonologueSlam UK Masterclass

gary pillai has worked in film, TV, theatre and radio for 20 years. His recent TV includes; Game of Thrones, Remember Me, Silent Witness and Casualty. He is currently filming Citizen Khan for BBC. He has worked for many theatre companies including the RSC, National, Royal Court, Manchester Royal Exchange, Birmingham Rep, Tamasha, Kali and Tara. In film he is known for his role opposite Michelle Yeoh in Far North directed by the BAFTA winning director Asif Kapadia (Amy & Senna). As a teacher and acting coach he has used his vast experience to develop and champion ‘access for all’ and ‘diversity’ within the arts. He founded the company Act-Up with Gemma Lloyd and taught there for 10 years until 2012. He now tutors at Royal College of Art, Oxford School of Drama, TriForce, National Theatre of Wales and UCA.

gbolahan obisesan

director: let's get direct about directing

gbolahan obisesan

director: let's get direct about directing

gbolahan obisesan is a theatre director and playwright.  He is currently Associate Director at the Young Vic Theatre.  He is also developing Black and Blue for Eclipse Theatre Company as well as a Screenplay with EMU Productions. In 2009 Gbolahan also won the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic Theatre for which he directed the critically acclaimed SUS by Barrie Keefe. He was recipient of the Bulldog Princep Bursary and made Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio 2008/2009. Other directing credits include: We Are Proud to Present…, Sixty-Six Books (The Bush); Songs Inside (Gate/ATC New Years Revolution); SUS (National Tour – Young Vic/Eclipse – Jerwood Directors Award); Eye/Balls, Hold it Up (Soho Theatre); 200 years (Watford Palace Theatre).

janice okoh

writer: THE BLANK PAGE

janice okoh

writer: THE BLANK PAGE

janice okoh won the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting for THREE BIRDS, which was also shortlisted for the Verity Bargate and Alfred Fagon Awards.  It was produced in 2013 at the Manchester Royal Exchange and the Bush Theatre. Her first play EGUSI SOUP was produced by Menagerie/Soho in 2012 and again by Menagerie/ Theatre Royal Bury St Edmonds for a national tour in 2014. Janice is an established radio writer. She has written several original radio plays and adaptations for BBC Radio 4, including The Awakening by Kate Chopin (2014) and Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (2012).  For television, Janice participated in the BBC Continuing Drama’s Writers’ Academy (2012-13) and has written for Doctors.

lynette yiadom-boakye

panelist: making work work

lynette yiadom-boakye

panelist: making work work

lynette yiadom-boakye was born in 1977 in London, where she is currently based. She attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy Schools.

Yiadom-Boakye has had several important solo museum shows, most recently at the Serpentine Gallery in June 2015, the Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012) and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2011).  Her work has appeared in many group exhibitions, such as the current Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, and the possible; the Ungovernables: 2012 New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York (2012); the 11th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (2012); and the Encyclopedic Palace, at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2013). Yiadom-Boakye will be included in the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA): A Story Within a Story, at the Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden from September 12 – November 22, 2015. 

She is included in many institutional collections including the Tate Collection, London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Miami Art Museum, Florida,  the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, the Arts Council Collection, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Nasher Museum of Art, North Carolina, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Yiadom-Boakye was the 2012 recipient of the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize, which was accompanied by a solo exhibition of her work. She was short-listed for the 2013 Turner Prize and Prestel has just published a monograph of her work.

Jack Shainman Gallery has represented Yiadom-Boakye since 2010 when she had her first solo show entitled Essays and Documents. Her most recent show with the gallery was The Love Within in November 2014.

nakay kpaka

acting ensemble

nakay kpaka

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natalie ibu

panelist: developing directors

natalie ibu

panelist: developing directors

natalie ibu is the artistic director of tiata fahodzi. Previously she was the Creative Producer for In Good Company, launching the regional artist development programme in the East Midlands for Derby Theatre, Embrace Arts Leicester and Create Mansfield. As a freelancer she has produced for Openworks Theatre and Maison Foo, worked as a Literary Consultant for Fifth Word and a dramaturg for Spilt Milk Dance.  In 2014, she was the Programme Manager at the Roundhouse.  In 2012/13, she was the Creative Producer for Only Connect, producing a season of cross art-form work. In 2010/11, she was the inaugural Associate Director (Warehouse) for HighTide Festival Productions – responsible for the artist development and a physical research and development studio. In July 2009, she completed a year’s residency – at the Royal Court as their Trainee Director – on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. Since graduating with a First Class Honours degree in 2004, she have completed short-term residencies with New York Theatre Workshop, the National Theatre Studio, Royal Shakespeare Company, Citizens’ Theatre and Contact. She have been awarded bursaries from Regional Theatre Young Directors 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. 

For the company, directing credits include i know all the secrets in my worldhere 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. 

 

ola animashawun

dramaturg: story salons

ola animashawun

dramaturg: story salons

ola animashawun is the Creative Director of Euphoric Ink – a playwriting consultancy. He is the Artistic Associate of the Royal Court and a freelance script Editor \ dramaturg, presenter and outdoor theatre producer.  He is the founder and former Head of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme (youth, community, and education department) – which included the creation and formation of the Critical Mass Playwriting Programme in 2004 – designed to create a critical mass of black, minority ethnic writers for contemporary Britain – spurning award winning writers such as Levi David Addai; Bola Agbaje; Michael Bhim; Rachel De-lahay; and Janice Okoh. Directing credits include Peckham: The Soap Opera, Surprise Theatre, One Revolution, Love, And the Word Is…., Cutting Through the Carnival, Pockets In the Sky, Dreaming Guns, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Tales From the City (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs); Lie With Me (Talawa Theatre Company; Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama); My Favourite Place/ My Favourite Festive Tradition (Talking Birds/ National Trust); Pandora’s Box (The Arcola); Adelaide Road (The RSC); Love Like A Fool, Breathe (Theatre Absolute,  Shop Front Theatre); Judgement Day (Belgrade Theatre); St George’s Day Parade (Coventry City); Singing Bridges (LWT); We Are Water, That Fateful Day, Something to Declare (BBC Radio Drama).

sabrina mahfouz

writer: metaphor and monologue

sabrina mahfouz

writer: metaphor and monologue

sabrina mahfouz is currently the Poet in Residence for Cape Farewell, an organisation that provides a cultural response to climate change. She is an Associate Artist alumni at the Bush Theatre in London; a Writer at Liberty for the UK civil rights charity LIBERTY and the Creative Director of poetry production company P.O.P. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper on the executive board of the London hub. Sabrina studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, receiving her MA in International Politics and Diplomacy and at King’s College, University of London, receiving her BA (Hons) in Classics and English Literature. Her creative work has been recognized with a number of awards.  Most recently, these include receiving a 2014 Fringe First Award; the 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award; an Old Vic New Voices Underbelly Edinburgh Award; a UK Young Artists Award; The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance 2011 nomination; an Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot Award and a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights. Her first book, The Clean Collection, is available from Bloomsbury.

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shola adewusi

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