Tolu Agbelusi is a London based, Nigerian  writer, poet, workshop facilitator and performer with a commanding voice who does not shy away from discussing difficult issues.   Born in Nigeria, she moved to the UK at the age of 14 and has since lived and worked in several countries around the world. Navigating displacement and home are things she considers kin. It should come as no surprise then,  that the Home Is... project is Tolu's brainchild. She says it is as much a personal exploration as it is a necessity, in the sense that she is keen to tell stories that don't always get highlighted in the mainstream and excited about a production that largely showcases the stories and talents of individuals from minority ethnic backgrounds in the UK context. Said to be a gentle but powerful poet who brings raw emotion that cuts deep, Tolu has graced stages all over the UK and been commissioned widely, including by the IWM, for their Peter Kennard exhibit and by Pathways, for their Stories of Rebirth project, as part of which her poem was exhibited at the Geffrye Museum of Home. Find out more.

 

Tolu Agbelusi is a London based, Nigerian  writer, poet, workshop facilitator and performer with a commanding voice who does not shy away from discussing difficult issues.  

Born in Nigeria, she moved to the UK at the age of 14 and has since lived and worked in several countries around the world. Navigating displacement and home are things she considers kin. It should come as no surprise then,  that the Home Is... project is Tolu's brainchild. She says it is as much a personal exploration as it is a necessity, in the sense that she is keen to tell stories that don't always get highlighted in the mainstream and excited about a production that largely showcases the stories and talents of individuals from minority ethnic backgrounds in the UK context.

Said to be a gentle but powerful poet who brings raw emotion that cuts deep, Tolu has graced stages all over the UK and been commissioned widely, including by the IWM, for their Peter Kennard exhibit and by Pathways, for their Stories of Rebirth project, as part of which her poem was exhibited at the Geffrye Museum of Home. Find out more.

 
Tshaka Campbell is a father, husband, internationally acclaimed poet and word dealer,  who paints elaborate worlds with words that make audiences listen different. Born in the UK of Jamaican descent, Tshaka moved to the United States at the young age of 10 and only returned in 2008. As a performer, he is recognised as an accomplished artist and performer and was once voted one of the 25 people to know in San Francisco. From the legendary Apollo theatre in New York to the Southbank Centre in London, Tshaka has graced many stages. Whether learning a new accent or dealing with children who didn't believe black people existed in England at the age of 10, moving back to England,  resettling and becoming increasingly conscious of the lack of representation of black figures in the UK's world of success, or discovering a new meaning of home when he started his own family, Tshaka comes to the project amply equipped to explore the themes.   His ability to draw the audience into his stories with beautiful imagery and authentic emotion makes him an endless inspiration. Find out more.

Tshaka Campbell is a father, husband, internationally acclaimed poet and word dealer,  who paints elaborate worlds with words that make audiences listen different.

Born in the UK of Jamaican descent, Tshaka moved to the United States at the young age of 10 and only returned in 2008. As a performer, he is recognised as an accomplished artist and performer and was once voted one of the 25 people to know in San Francisco. From the legendary Apollo theatre in New York to the Southbank Centre in London, Tshaka has graced many stages.

Whether learning a new accent or dealing with children who didn't believe black people existed in England at the age of 10, moving back to England,  resettling and becoming increasingly conscious of the lack of representation of black figures in the UK's world of success, or discovering a new meaning of home when he started his own family, Tshaka comes to the project amply equipped to explore the themes. 

 His ability to draw the audience into his stories with beautiful imagery and authentic emotion makes him an endless inspiration. Find out more.

Russenï Fisher is a poet and performer with exceptional writing and performance ability. Born in Jamaica where he lived with his grandma, he joined his parents in the UK at the age of 8. Having first dabbled with Spoken Word in 2011, he joined Poet's Platform at Theatre Royal Stratford East under the tutelage of Kat Francois. As  a part of poet's platform, his writing and performance skills were sharpened and showcased in several  sell out shows. As a solo poet, he has graced stages across London including at the Olympic park, Roundhouse, LoveBox Festival,Southbank, etc. He is also a member of 'Rythym of men', a highly sought after young male trio who won an award for Best Poets at the UK Entertainment Awards 2015. Whether writing or performing Russenї approaches the task with a skill that surpasses his age. he is definitely one to watch. Find out more.  

Russenï Fisher is a poet and performer with exceptional writing and performance ability.

Born in Jamaica where he lived with his grandma, he joined his parents in the UK at the age of 8. Having first dabbled with Spoken Word in 2011, he joined Poet's Platform at Theatre Royal Stratford East under the tutelage of Kat Francois. As  a part of poet's platform, his writing and performance skills were sharpened and showcased in several  sell out shows. As a solo poet, he has graced stages across London including at the Olympic park, Roundhouse, LoveBox Festival,Southbank, etc. He is also a member of 'Rythym of men', a highly sought after young male trio who won an award for Best Poets at the UK Entertainment Awards 2015. Whether writing or performing Russenї approaches the task with a skill that surpasses his age. he is definitely one to watch. Find out more.

 

 
Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwe born, London based, writer, poet, performer and educator. Most of her work focuses on her memories of living in rural and urban Zimbabwe whilst exploring the role this has played in shaping her own narrative. Belinda was a shortlisted Young London Laureates for 2015/16. She has graced stages including Africa Writes, TATE Britain and Bestival. In May 2013, she featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts. She co-runs the monthly poetry night Born::Free Fridays. Find out more.

Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwe born, London based, writer, poet, performer and educator. Most of her work focuses on her memories of living in rural and urban Zimbabwe whilst exploring the role this has played in shaping her own narrative. Belinda was a shortlisted Young London Laureates for 2015/16. She has graced stages including Africa Writes, TATE Britain and Bestival. In May 2013, she featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts. She co-runs the monthly poetry night Born::Free Fridays. Find out more.

 
Jemilea Wisdom is an exceptional mother, wife, writer, poet, scribe and lover of language. Born and bred in the UK of Jamaican descent, she founded the arts company Writerz and Scribez CIC. Jemilea has been commissioned widely including by Hackney Empire, Geffrye Museum and EE. She has performed across the country at Holloway Women’s Prison, Battersea Arts Centre, the Olympic Park and Richmix. Passionate about art as social action, she has partnered on projects with Crisis Skylight, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS), Creative Collisions, Pathway UK and BBC Radio 4 on issues such as homelessness, youth unemployment and mental health. Find out more. 

Jemilea Wisdom is an exceptional mother, wife, writer, poet, scribe and lover of language. Born and bred in the UK of Jamaican descent, she founded the arts company Writerz and Scribez CIC. Jemilea has been commissioned widely including by Hackney Empire, Geffrye Museum and EE. She has performed across the country at Holloway Women’s Prison, Battersea Arts Centre, the Olympic Park and Richmix. Passionate about art as social action, she has partnered on projects with Crisis Skylight, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS), Creative Collisions, Pathway UK and BBC Radio 4 on issues such as homelessness, youth unemployment and mental health. Find out more

 
Ian Bobb is a Manchester based illustrator and graphic designer. Whether creating murals on commission from schools and local Councils across the UK, portraits for individuals or afro-futuristic art, he showcases exceptional imagination, skill and a wealth of experience. Find out more.

Ian Bobb is a Manchester based illustrator and graphic designer. Whether creating murals on commission from schools and local Councils across the UK, portraits for individuals or afro-futuristic art, he showcases exceptional imagination, skill and a wealth of experience. Find out more.

 
 
Lulu Kitolo is a graphic artist and founder of Asilia Ltd. Her work has been featured at Southbank Women of The World Festival and the V&A Museum. Find out more. 

Lulu Kitolo is a graphic artist and founder of Asilia Ltd. Her work has been featured at Southbank Women of The World Festival and the V&A Museum. Find out more

 
 
Ade Goode wishes she had synesthesia. Her illustrations are a crude manifestation of that desire. When she's not drawing she can be found baking with her children, building websites at www.soyebo.com or writing poetry with JetTricks. Follow her on Instagram: ‘milkmaidbraids’

Ade Goode wishes she had synesthesia. Her illustrations are a crude manifestation of that desire. When she's not drawing she can be found baking with her children, building websites at www.soyebo.com or writing poetry with JetTricks. Follow her on Instagram: ‘milkmaidbraids’

 
 
Shade' Joseph is a 22 year old musician/writer, born and raised in East London with roots hailing from Barbados and St Lucia. Having always had a childhood love for poetry and story telling, Shade began to perform poetry at events around London when she was 18. Before she learnt how to play instruments, her mother rightly proclaimed her as a musician by ear. For the last 5 years Shade Joseph has been producing and composing music for Hip Hop artists, singer/songwriters and poets. She has been known to accompany artists with live instrumentation at gigs. For Shade Joseph, the arts are a means to self-discovery and reflection through which she creates emotional connections with the world and most certainly with those who gravitate towards her work. Her talents know no bounds. She is certainly one to watch.

Shade' Joseph is a 22 year old musician/writer, born and raised in East London with roots hailing from Barbados and St Lucia. Having always had a childhood love for poetry and story telling, Shade began to perform poetry at events around London when she was 18. Before she learnt how to play instruments, her mother rightly proclaimed her as a musician by ear. For the last 5 years Shade Joseph has been producing and composing music for Hip Hop artists, singer/songwriters and poets. She has been known to accompany artists with live instrumentation at gigs. For Shade Joseph, the arts are a means to self-discovery and reflection through which she creates emotional connections with the world and most certainly with those who gravitate towards her work. Her talents know no bounds. She is certainly one to watch.

 
 
Sarah is an Award winning international Theatre Director and Co-Artistic Director of Longsight Theatre Company (www.longsighttheatre.com). Sarah is a London based but originally hails from the northwest and spent her early career in Manchester. Current projects include: The Very Perry Show by Kate Perry, San Francisco International Arts Festival & Derry Playhouse, May/June 2016; Mr Incredible by Camilla Whitehill, VAULT Festival 2016 & Edinburgh Festival 2016 (winner of the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work 2016); Screwed by Kathryn O'Reilly, Theatre 503 June/July 2016 (nominated for Best Director, Off West End Awards); Where Do Little Birds Go? By Camilla Whitehill, UK tour, VAULT Festival & Underbelly, Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival 2015, The Old Red Lion, November 2016 (winner of The People’s Choice Award, Vault Festival 2015). You by Mark Wilson, Brighton Fringe 2015 (winner of The Argus Angel Award, Brighton Fringe Award For Theatre & The Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award). In development and staged readings: Nadya, by Chris Dury (cast including; Michelle Terry, Stephen Tomkinson, Phyllis Logan, Shaun  Prendergast, David Robb, Dominic Mafham, Rupert Holiday-Evans, Jamie Foreman) The Park Theatre, 2016; Texas Taxman, Luke Courtier, The Arcola Theatre, 2016. Sarah brings great clarity of purpose, intensity and emotional truth to whatever she directs. (John Burgess, co-founder and Artistic Director of The Studio, The National Theatre) Represented by Colin Blumenau, The Production Exchange Management.

Sarah is an Award winning international Theatre Director and Co-Artistic Director of Longsight Theatre Company (www.longsighttheatre.com). Sarah is a London based but originally hails from the northwest and spent her early career in Manchester. Current projects include: The Very Perry Show by Kate Perry, San Francisco International Arts Festival & Derry Playhouse, May/June 2016; Mr Incredible by Camilla Whitehill, VAULT Festival 2016 & Edinburgh Festival 2016 (winner of the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work 2016); Screwed by Kathryn O'Reilly, Theatre 503 June/July 2016 (nominated for Best Director, Off West End Awards); Where Do Little Birds Go? By Camilla Whitehill, UK tour, VAULT Festival & Underbelly, Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival 2015, The Old Red Lion, November 2016 (winner of The People’s Choice Award, Vault Festival 2015). You by Mark Wilson, Brighton Fringe 2015 (winner of The Argus Angel Award, Brighton Fringe Award For Theatre & The Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award). In development and staged readings: Nadya, by Chris Dury (cast including; Michelle Terry, Stephen Tomkinson, Phyllis Logan, Shaun  Prendergast, David Robb, Dominic Mafham, Rupert Holiday-Evans, Jamie Foreman) The Park Theatre, 2016; Texas Taxman, Luke Courtier, The Arcola Theatre, 2016.

Sarah brings great clarity of purpose, intensity and emotional truth to whatever she directs. (John Burgess, co-founder and Artistic Director of The Studio, The National Theatre)

Represented by Colin Blumenau, The Production Exchange Management.

 
 
Lourdes Velez is a Spanish girl who has been living in London for 5 years. She recently finished her MA Character Animation in Central Saint Martins. She's worked for the National English Opera and the Old Operating Theatre Museum on different projects. She also enjoys illustrating and developing her own stories. Find out more. 

Lourdes Velez is a Spanish girl who has been living in London for 5 years. She recently finished her MA Character Animation in Central Saint Martins. She's worked for the National English Opera and the Old Operating Theatre Museum on different projects. She also enjoys illustrating and developing her own stories. Find out more