tiata delights is back and taking over Watford Palace Theatre with an inclusive festival, bringing artists and audiences together in 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) 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 their 18th birthday in their new home. tiata delights: after dark is a birthday party-cum-house-warming-cum-theatre festival. The first drink’s on them as they take you on a journey through tiata fahodzi classics from the past and share their 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; they’re bringing them back from the archives in a special theatrical mixtape, complied 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’sMerlin), 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: £15
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-award-winning 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.
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
more to be announced….
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