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TRIPLE BILL: TALKING ABOUT A REVOLUTION
A new triple bill of plays written by Diana Atuona, babirye bukilwa and Malaika Kegode.

The last three years have been turbulent, traumatic, and terrorising globally. So, when are we taking to the streets?

Two Black lesbians kidnap Black celebrity mogul Kevin West.

A trans woman refuses to leave the women's changing room.

And an Incel's cousin takes to Instagram Live.


In October 2022, three of the most exciting voices in British theatre today imagined their own versions of revolution – unvarnished, honest and raw.

A triple bill of short plays and world premieres by Diana Nneka Atuona, babirye bukilwa and Malaika Kegode, produced by fearless British African heritage contemporary theatre company tiata fahodzi.
UK Tour

The Pumphouse, Watford             6 & 7 October 2022            

The Lyric Hammersmith, London  12-15 October 2022            
Bristol Old Vic, Bristol                  19-22 October 2022            

 

Creative Team

Co-Directors                 Chinonyerem Odimba & Campbell X

Designer                       Khadija Raza

Lighting Designer         Bethany Gupwell

Sound Designer            Esther Kehinde Ajayi

Producer                       Harriet Bolwell

Production Manager     Jake Evans

Stage Manager             Kizzie Tims

Casting Director           Amy Blair 

Writers

Diana Nneka Atuona (she/her)

Diana is a British born, Nigerian writer from Peckham, South London. Her first play, Liberian Girl, won the Alfred Fagon Award in 2013, in January 2015, it received its full production at the Royal Court Theatre, where it received critical acclaim and was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award. Diana won the 50th George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2019, for The Boy From Tiger Bay, which is being developed at The Donmar Warehouse. She is also the recipient of the Roland Rees Bursary 2021, as part of the Alfred Fagon Award. She is under commission with the Royal Court and the Old Vic

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babirye bukilwa (they/them)

babirye is an actor, model, poet and writer born and raised in pre-gentrified Bethnal Green. They are currently based in London. babirye’s debut play … Blackbird Hour was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2019, The inaugural Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 and The Alfred Fagon award 2020. Their second play … Cake, an origin story to … Blackbird Hour debuted at Theatre Peckham in 2021 directed by malakaï sargeant (they/them) to critical acclaim including an Off Westend nomination for best production of 2021 and another nomination for best play of the year by the Alfred Fagon award 2021.

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Malaika Kegode (she/her)

Malaika Kegode is an award-winning writer and performer based in Bristol. Beginning her arts career as a performance poet in 2014, Malaika has since developed her practice to encompass theatre, radio and film writing. Her autobiographical gig-theatre show Outlier debuted on Bristol Old Vic’s main stage in 2021. Malaika’s narrative work has also been featured on BBC Radio 4, and her poetry collections Requite and Thalassic are published by Burning Eye Books. 

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Cast

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Unique Spencer (she/her)

Unique is from London, and she trained at Arts Ed. 

Recent credits include: Abby in Top Boy (Netflix), Lily in Losing It (BBC), Cherry in The Night Before Christmas (Southwark Playhouse), Kate in Tinned Pears (The Progress Film Company) and Bernice in La Clemenza di Tito (Glyndebourne). 

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Ivan Oyik (he/him)

Alaa Taha (she/her)

Saudi Arabia born London-raised, Alaa is a Sudanese heritage performer, identifying as Afro Arab. Alaa is also a playwright.

Television includes: Doctors (BBC) 

Stage includes: Shook (Southwark Playhouse); Red Pitch (Oval House); Blue/Orange (Birmingham Rep) 

Film includes: Shook (Trafalgar Studios - film adaptation from Southwark Playhouse) 

Ivan was nominated for The Stage Debut Awards - Best Actor in a Play following his performance in Blue/Orange. 

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Chloé Lemonius (she/her)

Chloé makes her live stage debut on this stage. She was born and raised in Newham, East London, and after graduating university she went on to study Acting at The Oxford School of Drama, graduating in 2020.

 

Following graduation, Chloé was awarded runner-up in The Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund Awards.

 

Over the course of the pandemic, Chloé nurtured her passion for filmmaking and screenwriting, and hopes to produce her first short film in 2023, which will stand as the first instalment to the trilogy, PIECES FROM A BROKEN FIGURINE. She played Dorothy in the online production of The Wizard of Oz with Creation Theatre and has taken part in various commercials over the past couple of years.

 

She most recently worked with Channel 4 and Netflix on productions set to air later this year and next year respectively. 

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Haina Al-Saud (she/her)

Haina Al-Saud, has graduated from ArtsEd with a MA Acting degree. Whilst studying she performed in a variety of plays which include, Portia from The Merchant of Venice, Soldier A from A Fable For Now, Olga In Three Sisters.   

Haina has since worked on a featuring role for ITV/Britbox/Prime Video in the Irvine Welsh written Crime Series Season 2.  

 

Haina is excited to be taking on this role in this piece for her debut professional theatre performance 

Rehearsal Photos

Haina Al-Saud & Unique Spencer
Haina Al-Saud & Unique Spencer

Photo Credit: Suzannah Gabriel

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Chinonyerem Odimba
Chinonyerem Odimba

Photo Credit: Suzannah Gabriel

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Unique Spencer, Ivan Oyik & Chloé Lemonius
Unique Spencer, Ivan Oyik & Chloé Lemonius

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Haina Al-Saud & Unique Spencer
Haina Al-Saud & Unique Spencer

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Production Photos

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Haina Al-Saud

Image taken during the Lyric Hammersmith run.

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Chloé Lemonius & Ivan Oyik
Chloé Lemonius & Ivan Oyik

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Ivan Oyik
Ivan Oyik

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Haina Al-Saud

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Hear what audiences had to say...

Praise for Black Love

★★★★★
'Beautiful and essential'
The Stage
★★★★★
'Glorious ode to black culture'
The Guardian
Immense, magical and simply breathtaking!!!
Manchester Theatres
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