Little Miss Burden, Credit: Kofi Dwaah. A woman is lit in red with a plue background. She wears a headscarf, she looks down and is laughing.
Bricks and Pieces (2016). A woman stands defiantly with her hands on her hips. She wears a leather coat and a sheepskin collar and looks directly at the camera.
Trying to Find Me (2019). A woman looks to the right, she is wearing a white tank top. Blue and white light plays on her skin against a black background.
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Happy Birthday tiata fahodzi

celebrating 25 years 



tiata fahodzi produces theatre that is fearless for a Britain of today; rich with languages, races, cultures and identities.

tiata fahodzi, the UK’s leading British African heritage contemporary theatre company, presents a new season of creative initiatives, appointments and productions designed to support and invest in the future of Black British artists, in celebration of its 25th anniversary.


Founded in September 1997 by playwright and director Femi Elufowoju Jr and now under the direction of its fourth Artistic Director, playwright and director, Chinonyerem Odimba, this milestone year named ‘Year of the Artist’ marks the beginning of a new chapter in the Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation’s history.

Tickets and Ties (1997) a black and white production shot featuring the cast looking quizzically outwards.

We make theatre that looks around and looks forward, with a mission to tell contemporary stories in modern and innovative ways, celebrating characters and audiences defined not by their diversity, but by their humanity. 

What's On

The Year of the Artist


A new annual inititative funding British African heritage artists and creative associates

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A new triple bill of plays

Talking About a Revolution
MatchPlay image credit Wasi Daniju_edite

A birthday gift to six artists in Watford and the South East

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Black Earth marketing image. A yonung man looks to the camera. He makes an "o" with his lips and wears a orange basketball vest. The top of a giant raspberry is just visible in the foreground and turquoise leopard print on black creat a background.

Resistance, Anti-Racism and the Environment

Black Earth
Olivette Otele stands on a bridge in front of a grey river. She wears a red jacket and a patterend scarf and smiles.

A New Patron

Olivette Otele
Laugh it Off. A young man sings up into a microphone, the wire wrapped around his fist. A red and a blue light shine brightly behind him.

A commitment to younger and emerging theatre makers

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Talking About A Revolution marketing image. An illustration of an open mouth created by a burst of bright green lines exploding out of pink.


5th October

25th Birthday Gala
A profile of a woman from tiata fahodzi's production "Seeds". She is lit with a warm light in fron and a cool light behind. She holds her clenched fist in front of her and looks upset.

Who We Are

Current Staff
Chinonyerem Odimba photo credit Sam Harvey. Chinonyerem sits in a blue and yellow shirt in front of plants.

Chinonyerem Odimba


Artistic Director/CEO

Mandeep Gill has dark hair and a black top. The background is cream.

Mandeep Gill


Finance Manager

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Simma Gershenson


Fundraising Manager

Taiwo Ayebola Executive Assistant for tiata fahodzi looks to the camera at a slight angle. She has a broad smile, long, dark hari and wears a chain necklace.

Taiwo Ava Oyebola


Executive Assistant

Esther-Rennae Walker, Freelance Producer for tiata fahodzi looks towards the camera over her right shoulder. She is smiling, weard an earing and has long, braided hair.

Esther-Rennae Walker


In-house Producer

Marcus Bernard, Freelance Producer. Marcus has dark hair, glasses and a beard. He wears a black tshirt with the image of a hand holding a red key. He looks to his left and laughs.

Marcus Bernard


Freelance Producer

Black Earth: Resistance, Anti-Racism and the Environment

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Yinka Ayinde


Freelance Producer



Elizabeth Peace


Freelance Trainee Producer


Kevin Fitzmaurice


Interim Executive Producer

Debo Adebayo has a short beard and a checked short. He looks straight at the camera with a white brick background.

Debo Adebayo


Alisha Artry looks over her shoulder at the camera. She has long dark hair and a black top.

Alisha Artry


Caroline Hinds is smiling. The image has a stong contrast. She has long light hair and a pink shirt.

Caroline Hinds


Edward Kemp looks over his shoulder at the camera. He has a blue shirt and a faint smile.

Edward Kemp


Elouise West has black and white striped glasses and a necklace. She sits in a yellow armchair and is smiling.

Elouise West


Sampira Willborne is wearing black rimmed glasses and headphones. She has a nose piercing and a pink headscarf.

Sampira Willbourne 


A black and white photograph of Mwiza Mkandawire. She wears her hair up and looks directly at the camera.

Mwiza Mkandawire


A black and white image of Sherma Polidore Perrins. She has dark hair and a wide smile.

Sherma Polidore-Perrins


Amy Rockson has a broad smile. She looks directly at the camera. She has dark hair and wears a pearl earring.

Amy Rockson


Deborah Sawyerr looks to the top right of the image. She wears sunglasses, a looped earring and a colourful headscarf.

Deborah Sawyerr


An image from tiata fahodi's production 'Good Dog'. A sillhouette of a man smoking in a pool of light.