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9Aug

The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and His Sexy Wife Chipo has been described as “Pure fun” and “A delight from start to finish” by critics. The ultimate African fable, it is storytelling turned on its head from a Zimbabwean sensibility. Produced by Tiata Fahodzi, the leading British-African theatre company in the UK, […]






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1Oct

The first time I heard Zena Edwards as a performance poet, I was a first year student at University. It turns out she had graduated from the same institution, Middlesex University, and studied on the same Creative Writing course I was on. One thing I remember vividly is the fact that as she was ‘spitting […]






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24Sep

The biennial Afrovibes 2012 Festival returns for an extensive national tour of the UK, following its 2010’s inaugural debut.  More than just a show, Afrovibes offers an eclectic and thought-provoking programme of performance from South Africa, including theatre, dance, music and the spoken word.  Produced by UK Arts International,  Jan Ryan, its director believes it […]






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9May

Ade Solanke’s potent new play, Pandora’s Box is described as a lively and compelling examination of loyalty, love and betrayal that reveals the heartbreak behind the difficult choices some parents must make – and the price their children pay. In her own words, Ade Solanke and why she is into theatre that addresses society and how we […]






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14Dec

Lucian Msamati, originally from Tanzania and Zimbabwe, is a seasoned actor of stage and the small screen. In 2010, he became the artistic director of Tiata Fahodzi, described as the leading British-African theatre, which has made placing Africans at the heart of British theatre, its primary goal. Under his guidance, the company recently celebrated its […]






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5Oct

As my series of interviews with playwrights, whose work have featured in Tiata Fahodzi’s, African Play Reading Festival comes to an end, I would like to introduce you to Lizzy Dijeh. Born in London, to Nigerian parents, Dijeh has been described as an astute writer, whose plays speak of and to our era. In her own […]






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29Sep

JC Niala, from Kenya is one of the playwrights whose work is being read at the Tiata Fahodzi’s African Play Reading Festival. Her play, The Strong Room explores the subject of relationship and power between the rich and the poor within African societies. In her own words, Niala explains whyAfrica’s strength is her diversity. Belinda: […]






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26Sep

Tiata Fahodzi translates as ‘Theatre of The Emancipated,’ and is considered to be the leading British African theatre company in the UK. Armed with the vision of producing world class theatre which conveys, celebrates and challenges the cultural experiences of Africans, while serving an all-inclusive British audience, the company returns with Tiata Delights. Its annual […]






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24Sep

The Association of Dance of African Diaspora (ADAD) is a national organisation that supports the practice and appreciation of dance of the African Diaspora. ADAD’s vision is to see dance of the African diaspora move from the margins to the mainstream and become a visible and valued part of the British cultural experience. As ADAD […]






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21Jun

Talawa Theatre is regarded as one of Britain’s foremost black-led theatre companies and has introduced emerging writing talents to the British theatre landscape over the years. As Talawa celebrates 25 years of work that has engaged theatre audiences and practitioners in the UK, and helped shape the way stories about BAME communities are told, it […]






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3Jun

As a Child, Tunji Kasim wanted to be a boxer or a dish washer – as in someone who washes dishes, not the machine. However, the dish washing ambition did not last long, acting came calling. Today, he is living the dream of many actors as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ensemble for the […]






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23May

Virago Foundation’s staging of Wedlock of The Gods has been described as a ‘new and radical production’ of Zulu Sofola’s award-winning play. Back by popular demand, Wedlock of The Gods is a classic piece of African literature, which exposes and examines the controversial subject of arranged marriage, still a taboo in today’s 21st Century world, […]






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9May

Regarded as one of Britain’s foremost black-led theatre companies, Talawa Theatre has introduced emerging writing talents like Micheal Bhim, to the British theatre landscape over the years. As Talawa Theatre celebrates 25 years of work that has engaged theatre audiences and practitioners in the UK, and helped to shape the way stories about BAME communities […]






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23Mar

Fela said music is a weapon and Angelique Kidjo said it is a window to the soul. Two very powerful statements about the power of music that I agree with.  Watching these two very different documentaries exploring the arts and its ability to influence people got me thinking because they opened my eyes to other […]






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18Jan

Fela! has been described as a provocative and unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, which explores the extravagant, rebellious and controversial world of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. However, little has been said of the women, who shaped his life. As the acclaimed production prepares to bring down the curtain down on its London run, […]






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5Jan

The name Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, conjures up an array of images and emotions; from enigma to polygamist to human rights activist and pioneer of Afrobeat, one of Africa’s most famous musical exports. Hence, it comes as no surprise that his life has become the focus of  the theatre stage in recent times.  Fela! the critically acclaimed […]






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6Nov

Mustapha Matura’s adaption of Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters, remains one of my most memorable theatre night out. No ordinary feat, he transported me to the Caribbean with his eclectic characters and electrifying dialogue. Chekhov would have approved. What a fine production that was under the direction of Paulette Randal.  Its 2010, and Matura, the award […]






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25Oct

It was back in 2005 and I was on my way to Ridley Road market. At Dalston junction, Hackney, London, my eyes caught a flyer minding its own business. But being a nosy lady, I could not help but notice it had the image of an elderly man dressed in African attire. I picked it […]






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