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Harris Free School, Peckham
4-7 dec
Stockwell Primary School
8, 13-15 dec





Diverse Christmas

4-15 dec

In December 2017 and 2018, tiata fahodzi visited primary schools in Peckham, Stockwell and Watford, asking 4 year olds what Christmas, difference and race means to them as part of research and development for our Christmas show for contemporary Britain, diverse christmas.

“stories have to be about white people” (a year two student, in Darren Chetty’s You can’t do that! Stories have to be about White People)

Christmas is so often a child’s very first experience of the theatre – families may only attend their local theatre once a year to see the panto (booked a year in advance) or children may experience theatre for the very first time during a school trip to see a Christmas show. For many, their first experience in our buildings watching theatre is one that excludes them. It seems so ridiculous that, even in the most accessible moment in a venue’s calendar, theatres still fail to see so many of us – either leaving us out of the festive narrative altogether, limiting us to playing a supportive role or – when we are present – ignoring the specificity of our identity. diverse christmas will be a traditional Christmas show centred around – and led by – characters of colour. But that’s all we know right now. We asked questions and listened to over 150 school children over 28 sessions over three weeks.

Done in partnership with the Young Vic Taking Part department. 


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Diverse Christmas
anastasia osei-kuffour

anastasia osei-kuffour trained as a director through the Young Vic Directors Programme. Direction includes: Footprints On The Moon (Finborough Theatre); An Adventure (Bush Theatre); Cell (The Young Vic); Here Comes The Bride (Black Lives Black Words at the Bush Theatre); All The Ways to Say Goodbye (The Young Vic); Hosea’s Girl (Talawa Studio Firsts); Dishonour; You Know That I’ll Be Back; and Universally Speaking (Theatre 503) and Pushers (Etcetera Theatre). Assistant Direction includes: Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, Stratford Circus and Schools Tour); Cuttin’ It– as part of The Young Vic’s Jerwood Assistant Director Programme; supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation (The Young Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Birmingham REP, Sheffield Theatres and The Yard Theatre); Three Generations of Women (Greenwich Theatre and Tour); Plaques and Tangles (Royal Court Theatre),Idomeneus (Gate Theatre); Henry the Fifth (Unicorn Theatre); and – as Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director – A Doll’s House (The Young Vic), mixed brain.

Diverse Christmas
janise sadik

janise sadik trained as an actor at Identity Drama school of Acting from 2013-2017 and since then has then has participated in projects at Hoxton Hall, Old Vic Community, Oval House and LIFT Festival. She is a creative workshop leader at Park Theatre and has experience with working young people within London and travelling internationally to South India to run projects in Tamil Nadu. Currently projects include: Script Accelerator Programme, Park Theatre and the Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director for diverse christmas (Young Vic / tiata fahodzi). Assistant Direction includes The Man in the Green Jacket (Jermyn Street Theatre), Symbiosis (Park Theatre). Direction includes Milk and Oreos (Lyric Hammersmith), The Burn (Ovalhouse)  SHE (short film screened at Lyric Hammersmith) New Directions Project (Lyric Hammersmith).

Diverse Christmas
natalie ibu

natalie ibu is the Artistic Director of tiata fahodzi. For the company, directing credits include mixed brain, good dogbricks and pieces, i know all the secrets in my worldtiata delights 15here and mango. Other directing credits include readings and productions at the Riverside Studios, Young Vic, Lyric, Southwark Playhouse, Southbank Centre, Jersey Arts Trust, The Old Vic Tunnels, Theatre503, The Gate, Latitude, HighTide, BAC, Oran Mor, Traverse, Royal Court, ATC at the Young Vic, OVNV at The Old Vic, Waterloo East and The Vineyard Theatre in New York, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Citizens’, The Arches, Contact and Nottingham Playhouse.  Residencies include New York Theatre Workshop, the National Theatre Studio, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, Citizens’ Theatre and Contact. She has been awarded bursaries from Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, Scottish Arts Council and Arts Council East Midlands. Awards include Dewar Arts Award for Exceptional Artists Under 30, Time Warner Ignite 2, IdeasTap Innovator’s Award and the Lilian Baylis Award for Theatrical Excellence.

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