Utopia Theatre Company Limited is a black led professional theatre company founded to produce and tour reinterpretations of classic plays, new writing and plays from and about the African diaspora.
Utopia productions are the result of sustained collaborative effort to synthesize sound, music, image, dance, movement, storytelling and text. We are committed to developing new writing and giving black and ethnic minority actors the opportunity to hone their craft on stage.
WORK IN PROGRESS SHARING: SHADOWS IN DIFFERENT SHADES
“We could therefore say that every mother contains her daughter in herself and every daughter her mother, and that every woman extends backwards into her mother and forwards into her daughter.”
A new one woman show inspired by true accounts. The story of a mother and how her traumatic experience affects the lives and relationships of the next generations of women to follow. The show takes you on a journey that reveals the immense power of a mother-daughter relationship. A haunting of past, present and future selves.
Currently in its first phase of development, Shadow in Different Shades is a compelling and thought provoking tale of dreams and broken promises, of hope, optimism and resilience in the face of harrowing circumstances.
Theatre in The Mill – University of Bradford. West Yorkshire : Friday 2nd June at 2 PM (Public sharing)
BOOK TICKETS – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shadows-in-different-shades-work-in-progress-sharing-tickets-33348198359?utm_term=eventurl_text
A Utopia Theatre Production with support from Freedom Studios, Theatre in The Mill, Bradford and Arts Council England.
Ayo-Dele Edwards is an actress, singer and songwriter.
Her theatre credits include: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. Iyalode Of Eti, Mandela Project, Tangle Theatre; Not Quite Gospel, NuCentury Arts; Yours Abundantly from Zimbabwe, Oval House; In Time(Tiata Delights), Tiata Fahodzi; The Estate Soho Theatre; The God’s Are Not To Blame, Arcola Theatre; The Lion And The Jewel, The Royal Court Theatre, 50th Anniversary Season; My Kind Of Music, UK Tour; Rent, Prince Of Wales Theatre and UK Tour; White Folks – A Musical Fable, Tricycle Theatre; Hamlet and Twelfth Night, Birmingham Rep; Leader of the Pack, Lincoln Theatre Royal.
Timothy Trimingham Lee’s directing work has been nominated for Off West End Awards and seen at a range of venues including: the St. James Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Riverside Studios, Leicester Square Theatre, Theatre503, Tristan Bates Theatre, Old Red Lion, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, The Hope Theatre, LOST Theatre, Waterloo East Theatre, and Tom Thumb Theatre in the UK, and, in the US: UNDER St. Marks and Theatre for a New City in New York City, and Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. He received his MA in Directing at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Timothy is a Drama League Directing Fellow. He is Artistic Director of Ash Angel and Joint Artistic Director of Flying Orchard. He is currently staging Eclipse by Simon Armitage as part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival, and it will be presented at Theatre Royal Stratford East in April 2016.
OLADIPO AGBOLUAJE was born in Hackney and educated in Nigeria and Britain. He has a Masters Degree in Literature, Representation and Modernity from London Metropolitan University, writing his dissertation in creative writing and African literature. He is a London based playwright and an executive member of the African Theatre Association (AfTA). He has written poems, short stories and plays for radio and stage including: Early Morning, Mother Courage and Her Children (African adaptation for Eclipse Theatre) and The Estate. He is the winner of the prestigious Alfred Fagon Award, and a received a 2010 Olivier award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for his 2009 play for Iya – lle (The First Wife).
Karin Fisher-Potisk has worked professionally in creating and producing dance over the last 20 years. She holds a Teaching Diploma in Clarinet from the Mozarteum Academy for Music and Performing Arts, Austria, and a Diploma in Contemporary Dance and Choreography form The London Contemporary Dance School. Following three years of training and a one year membership of 4D student company, Karin co-founded Ricochet Dance Company and was co-Artistic Director and Performer from 1989 until now. Her performance experience includes works by Wally Cardona, Nigel Charnock, Javier de Frutos, Lucy Guerin, Neil Greenberg, Rosemary Lee, Russell Maliphant, Wayne McGregor, Jeremy Nelson, Stephen Petronio, Yolande Snaith.
Martin Thomas trained at Wimbledon School of Art. He has designed sets and costumes for over 30 theatre productions, receiving an Off West End Award for Best Costume Designer 2012 and 6 other award nominations. He is now Production Assistant at Glyndebourne Opera.
Howard Hudson is an award-winning lighting designer. His credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Kenneth Branagh Company, Garrick); Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Opera House); 1936 (Sadler’s Wells); The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ The Musical (Leicester Curve); Hedda Gabler, Bedroom Farce, Separate Tables (Salisbury Playhouse).
Rob Hart trained in Sound Design at Edinburgh University (MSC). He has contributed sound design for BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award-winning documentary short The Inner Shape. Theatre includes: Eclipse (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Boy Who Cried (The Hope), Dead Funny (Old Red Lion), and The Red Tree (Edinburgh Fringe).
Alex Chisholm (Associate Producer) is a freelance director and dramaturg. She was Literary Manager at West Yorkshire Playhouse from December 2001 and Associate Director January 2006 to July 2014. For West Yorkshire Playhouse she has directed Nine Lives by Zodwa Nyoni, Schoolboy/Lover by Richard Cameron, The Market a large scale, site specific community play in Leeds Kirkstall Market, Dust a community play by Kenneth Yates, Mela by Tajinder Singh Hayer, Scuffer and Sunbeam Terrace by Mark Catley, Tender Dearly and Non-Contact Time by Jodie Marshall, Huddersfield by Ugljesa Sajtinac, English version by Chris Thorpe, and two radio programmes in co-production with the BBC: Night Lights and Writing the City. In January 2005, she was invited by Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade to direct the Serbian Premiere of Huddersfield. This production is still running in repertoire. She has written the children’s play The Magic Paintbrush for 3-7 year olds, produced at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2005, and translated two plays Suckling (Zog) by Peer Wittenbols and Karaoke by Davor Spisic.