Death & The King's Horseman Online Reading - Black History Month

Death & The King's Horseman Online Reading - Black History Month

DEATH AND THE KING’S HORSEMAN
Written By Wole Soyinka
Directed By Mojisola Elufowoju And Anni Domingo 

About The Play

Elesin Oba, The King's Horseman, Has A Single Destiny. When The King Dies, He Must Commit Ritual Suicide And Lead His King's Favourite Horse And Dog Through The Passage To The World Of The Ancestors. A British Colonial Officer, Pilkings, Intervenes.

"The Action Of The Play Is As Inevitable And Eloquent As In Antigone: A Clash Of Values And Cultures So Fundamental That Tragedy Issues: A Tragedy For Each Individual, Each Tribe" Daily Telegraph

"This Play, By The Winner Of A Nobel Prize For Literature, Asks: 'On The Authority Of What Gods' The White Aliens Rupture The World. It Puts Exciting Political Theatre Back On The Agenda. . . A Masterpiece Of 20th Century Drama" Guardian.

Taking Place On Zoom: 25th October, 4.30 To 6pm Followed By A Post-Reading Talk

Director Mojisola Elufowoju Is The CEO And Artistic Director Of Utopia Theatre. A Leading African Theatre Company Resident At Sheffield Crucible Theatre. 

She Was Staff Director At The National Theatre, Working Alongside Nadia Fall (Artistic Director Of The Royal Theatre Stratford East) On Three Sisters By Inua Ellams. She Was A Recipient Of The 2017 Opera Awards Foundation Bursary, A Founding Member Of Mosaic Opera Collective, Guest Director At The London Academy Of Dramatic Arts And At London South Bank University. 

She Is Passionate About The Growth And Development Of Ethnic Minorities In The Theatre Industry. Her Work Is To Raise Awareness And Increase Appreciation Of African Culture. She Commissions New Writing And Presents Established Classics Within A Strong African Context, And In So Doing, Dispelling Stereotypes And Encouraging Authentic Voices From The African Diaspora.

She Has Recently Launched A New Initiative, Utopia Theatre Creative Hub, Bringing African Theatre Experts Together To Offer Courses, Workshops And Events Online. The Creative Hub Brings Together Some Of The World’s Leading African Artists Who Share Their Own Knowledge And Experience Through Workshops And Events As Well As Offering 1:1 Sessions With Artists. The Programme Is Designed To Support The Development Of A Sustainable Talent Pool, Give African Theatre Practitioners Greater Visibility And Inspire The Next Generation Of Artists, Ultimately Strengthening African Communities Within The Arts.

Other Credits Include: How Far Apart? (Work In Progress - Arcola Theatre And Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab 2019) Far Gone (Theatre Deli - Sheffield And Sheffield Theatre Studio 2019) The Bogus Woman (Camden People’s Theatre 2019), On Missing (The Cockpit Theatre 2018), Shadows In Different Shades (Work In Progress - Sheffield Theatre 2018), The Pied Piper Of Chibok Opera (Opera North Residency And Arcola Theatre 2018), I Am David Oluwale (Work In Progress-Leeds Playhouse 2018), Iyalode Of Eti (Leeds Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Cast - Doncaster And Ake Festival Nigeria 2016/2017) London Tales (Rich Mix And Lost Theatre 2015)This Is Our Chance (Cultural Centre Calabar, Nigeria 2013) The Shepherd’s Chameleon (CLF Art Cafe 2013) House Of Corrections (Riverside Studios (2012) Wake Me When It's Time (York Theatre Royal 2012).

Director Anni Domingo, Was Born In London But Grew Up In Freetown, Sierra Leone. She Finished Her Education In The United Kingdom Where She Trained To Be An Actress As Well As Qualifying As A Teacher Of Speech And Drama At Rose Bruford College Of Speech Drama. Anni Later Obtained A BA Honours (First Class) In Literature, Another BA Honours (First Class) In Humanities With Creative Writing From The Open University And An MA In Creative Writing From Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. 

Anni Has Worked Extensively As An Actress In The Theatre As Well As On TV, Radio And Films. She Has Toured Europe, USA And Australia As A Shakespearean Actress. She Has Worked For The BBC And Other Television Stations As Actress, Broadcaster, And Interviewer. Earlier This Year Anni Was In Several Episodes Of EASTENDERS Before Appearing In Inua Ellam’s ‘Three Sisters’ At The National Theatre. She Is Currently Lecturing At St. Mary’s University In Twickenham, At Rose Bruford College Of Speech And Drama And Directing At RADA.

Anni Works Regularly As Director For WriteOn Theatre Company In Cambridge And In Theatres Around The UK. She Recently Directed ILE LA WA By Tolu Agbelusi At Stratford Circus Arts Theatre, London. 

Anni Is Also A Writer. Some Of Her Plays Have Been Performed And Her Poems And Short Stories Published In Various Anthologies And Online.  Anni’s Company, ‘Shakespeare Link,’ Takes Shakespeare Workshops To Schools And Colleges And She Has Also Written Several Workbooks On Shakespeare Which Have Been Used In Many UK Schools. 

Her First Novel, ‘Breaking The Maafa Chain’ Was Shortlisted For The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize And Won A Place In A Writing Residency At Hedgebrook In Seattle. She Then Won The Myriad Editions First Novel Competition And An Extract Of Her Novel Is In Their Highly Acclaimed ‘New Daughters Of Africa’ Anthology Edited By Margaret Busby. ‘Breaking The Maafa Chain’, Is To Be Published In 2021. Anni Is Now Working On ‘Ominira’, Her Second Novel.

THE CAST 

Narrator, Stephen Olende Goes By Stevo Is From The Essex Outskirts Of London And Now Lives In Ireland. 'It’s Been A Weird Year But One Benefit Has Been That I Got In Touch With Utopia Theatre Through Zoom Which Now Has Me Performing In This Event.I Hope This Will Lead To Me Getting More Involved With Theatre Both Online And Onstage. I Have Been Involved In A Couple Of Things In Ireland Over The Last Year, I Was Part Of The Chorus In A Dance Piece Called State Of Exception Which Dealt With Direct Provision'.

Elesin Played By John Rwoth-Omack, Is A Ugandan-Born, London Trained, And Sheffield-Bred Based Writer, Actor And Director. He Trained As An Actor At Rose Bruford School Of Dramatic Arts And Sits On The Board Of Governors For Migration Matters Festival. Theatre Credits Include: Playwright And Performer Of Far Gone (Theatre Deli, Sheffield Theatres), Assistant Director On ‘The Last King Of Scotland’ (Sheffield Theatres). As Assistant Director For Sheffield Theatres’ Resident Company, Utopia Theatre, Credits Include; I Am David Oluwale And Shadows In Different Shades.  Actor  Theatre Credits Include: H&P And On Missing (The Cockpit Theatre), Tales From The Playground (Paper Finch Theatre), The Emperor Jones (The Lost Theatre) And The Low Road (Stratford Circus). As Director Credits Include; Bad Blood Blues (Theatre Deli).

Praise-Singer Played By Sabrina Richmond, Trained As An Actor In New York, Is A Writer & Director With A Background In Journalism. She Has Performed At Venues In London Such As Southwark Playhouse, Pleasance, The Vaults, Arcola, Lyric Hammersmith & Theatre 503. As Oxford Playhouse Evolve Artist 2020/21 She’s Developing A One Woman Show About Sex And Women’s Bodies. Tamasha Theatre Playwright 2019/20. Directing Work Shown At; Southwark Playhouse, Theatro Technis, Pleasance, Lion & Unicorn. Recently Online For The Space. Writing Credits: Short Plays, Genetic Beauty For Which The Space Has Offered Bespoke Development, My Cape Is Invisible (Pleasance Theatre), Hands Off My Womb! (Chapel Playhouse) & One Act: An African In The Snow (LABS Program, Pleasance Theatre).

Iyaloja Played By (Director) Anni Domingo

Simon Pilkings Played By Andrew McDonald, Trained At LAMDA. His Recent West End Work Includes Ghost Stories (And Tour), The Night Of Iguana, The Height Of The Storm, Ink, And Farinelli And The King. He Was A Member Of The Original Cast Of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child At The Palace Theatre. Other Theatre Work Includes Regional Rep, Chichester Festival Theatre, Old Vic, Donmar, RSC And National Theatre. He Has Played Leading Roles In Many Low-Budget Feature Length And Short Films. TV Work Includes Murder Not Proven, The Bill, Crimewatch And Eastenders. He Appeared In Schiller’s Don Carlos On BBC Radio 3 And At The Sheffield Crucible And London’s Gielgud Theatre.

Jane Pilkings (A Shared Role) Played By Kimberley Okoye, Is An Actor Who Graduated From Arts Ed 2020. Finishing Her Drama School Training This Year She Stepped Right In The Heart Of The Work. Prior To Her Training She Had Performed On National Theatre’s Olivier Stage In ‘The Accordion Shop’ Written By Cush Jumbo And Also Had The Performed At The Young Vic For A Run Of Start Swimming Directed By Ola Ince Which Then Later Transferred Over To Edinburgh Fringe, Summer 2017. She Is Currently In The Process Of Shooting A Short Film Called Rush, Which Is Set To Be Out Early 2021. 

Jane Pilkings (A Shared Role) Played By Laurie Ogden, Performance Poetry Prize (2015) And Jerwood/Arvon Playwriting Mentee (2017-18). 

She Has Created Work For Organisations Including BBC, Roundhouse, Nationwide, Barnardos, Sky Arts And The Barbican. Her Previous Plays Include Colder Water (*****) And TWIX (****, ‘A New Writing Triumph’, A Younger Theatre). Laurie Trained With The NYT REP Company 2018. Upcoming: ‘Bible John’ (Actor & Movement Director) At The Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe.

Sergeant Amusa Played By Patrice Naiambana, An Award Winning African-Performing Artist/Animateur. Current Projects Include Facilitating Lab Spaces, The Decolonial Salon; Perception Gap, A Digital Piece On Migration And Exile And Beyond Diversity Dialogues. He Has Been Facilitating African Diaspora Performance, Post-Colonial Literacy, Theatre Process And Training For Over 25 Years. He Initiated Tribal Soul – A Diaspora Learning And Creating Space, In 1991. He Uses The Story Space To Put ‘Flesh On Silences’ Whilst Developing Community Collaborations, Craft, Critical Thinking And Leadership Skills. His Performing Experience Includes Barbershop Chronicles, New Nigerians, The RSC, The Globe, Channel 4, BBC.

Joseph Played By Tunde Adegbola, Is A Nigerian Actor, Content Creator, Producer And Filmmaker. He Has Created, Written And Produced An Award Nominated Television Series In Nigeria And Also Produced A Feature Length Film. He Began His Acting Career In Lagos Nigeria Before Moving To Leeds England. He Has Several Acting Credits Which Includes, Plays, Musicals, Television And Film And Also Played At The Shaw Theatre In London As An Ensemble Cast Member In Wakaa The Musical.

Women, Bride & Girl Played By Tatenda Naomi Matsvai, Is An Interdisciplinary Performer, Maker And Facilitator, Born In Zimbabwe, Working With Orality And Ritual Through Multiple Mediums (Body/Sound/Poetry/ Projection) To Create Engaging Performances That Facilitate Communal Dialogue Between Audience And Performer. Graduating From Rose Bruford College Of Theatre And Performance From Their European Theatre Arts Program, Tatenda Has Been A Roundhouse Resident Artist, Performing At Festivals In The UK And Europe. Tatenda Utilises Techniques Of Afrofuturism To Create Work That Challenges Our Present Circumstances By Working Between Temporal Spaces Of Past Present And Future To Discuss Current Socio-Political Situations.

Aide-De-Camp Played By Finn RL Wilson, Is An Up And Coming Actor Currently Based In Brighton. He Received A Taste Of Acting At A Young Age In Theatre Productions As Well As In Films. He Has Completed Training At The Cartwright Drama Studio. Theatre Credits Include: Just A Minute, The Bear Maxim Experiment And The Lord Of The Flies. He Has Also Featured In The Films: Trapped, Loco And Cyber.

Olunde Played By Dr Sola Adeyemi, Holds A BA, MA And PhD In Theatre Arts, Drama And English From The University Of Ibadan, Nigeria, University Of Natal, South Africa And The University Of Leeds Respectively. He Has Taught Contemporary British Theatre, African Theatre, Performance Studies And Film Studies And Contextual Shakespeare At Loughborough And Regents Universities, And At The Universities Of Natal And Greenwich. At Goldsmiths, He Teaches On African Theatre History, Postcolonial Theatre, And Culture And Performance.

Women Played By Christelle Pellecuer, Is A Writer, Performer And Makeup Artist Based In Bristol. She Is Part Of A Theatre Company Called Black Women Let Loose Theatre Company, Which Writes, Directs And Produce Their Own Material. They Have Performed Their Show ‘Shades Of Our Lives’ At Bristol Old Vic, St George’s Bristol And Rada Studio. They Recently Performed Their Second Production ‘Ama’s Tides’ At Bristol Old Vic. Christelle Has Also Studied Screenwriting At London Film Academy And Has Written Three Short Film Scripts, Including One Called ‘Golden Goddess’ That Was Screened At Afrika Eye Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival And Film And Folklore Festival.

Women Played By Vivienne Rochester

Women Played By (Director) Mojisola Elufowoju