tiata fahodzi announce their biggest tour to date with this duet of love and loss between father and son exploring grief, masculinity and how we communicate when speaking is impossible.
A father and son struggle to find ways to communicate following the unexpected death of their wife and mother in this poignant, moving performance exploring absence, fantasy, gender roles, disconnection and the permanence of love. Collaborating with an all-male cast, an all-female creative and production team use sound and movement to illustrate the grief process in this unspoken and universal multi-love story of men, women, fathers and sons as the two men try to cope with the everyday and understand what family means without her.
tiata fahodzi, the UK’s leading African theatre company, embark on a new direction as they celebrate their 18th birthday following Natalie Ibu’s appointment as Artistic Director in 2014. The company, whose approach to diversity extends offstage, onstage and across their content, will make their wider touring debut across the UK with i know…
Natalie Ibu, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of tiata fahodzi, said of i know all the secrets in my world: “It’s a story about what it is to love and to lose. For me – not just as an artist and a programmer but as an avid audience member – it comes from a deep desire to multiply the – sometimes singular – narrative about who we are and the lives we live. Here are a black African heritage father and son – like any father and son – simply living, loving and hurting; the story enhanced by cultural specificity but not defined by it. i know all the secrets in my world explores what we have in common because being African heritage doesn’t affect the way we love and how we grieve. The production is a departure from our text-based tradition and aims to multiply the way we tell our stories.
“At tiata fahodzi, the how is as important as the what – we want our productions to be as formally inventive and courageous as our peers. The diaspora exist in the ‘in between’ and I’m interested in what that means for the work so we’re experimenting with work that fuses forms and mixes methods. i know all the secrets in my world is a playful love letter as it tries to find a language for the unspeakable. It delights in life’s contradictions – chaos in the silence, delicacy and femininity in the masculine, memory in the present. The i know… tour is the largest in our 18 year history and sees us deliver on our ambition to make great art for everyone.”
i know all the secrets in my world toured the Summer 2015 festivals as a work-in-progress as part of tiata fahodzi’s summer season, sharing a work-in-progress version of the work to sell out audiences at Pulse Festival and the New Wolsey in Ipswich, Latitude Festival and Departure Lounge at Derby Theatre.
tiata fahodzi (pronounced tee·ah·tah fa·hoon·zi) is the UK’s leading African theatre company. This year they embarked, with fresh leadership and a fresh vision, on an exciting new phase in their mission to reflect the changing African diaspora in contemporary Britain for an all-inclusive audience. The company is celebrating its 18th year of commissioning, developing and producing new writing with venues such as the Royal Court, Soho Theatre, Tricycle Theatre, Arcola Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre, tiata fahodzi are champions of a multiracial Britain. One of tiata fahodzi’s patrons Lenny Henry recently received a CBE from the Queen for services to drama.
Writer and director Natalie Ibu is the Artistic Director of tiata fahodzi. For the company, directing credits include tiata delights 15, Here (2011) and Mango (2011). Other directing credits include readings and productions at the Riverside Studios, Young Vic, Lyric, Southwark Playhouse, Southbank Centre, Tiata Fahodzi, 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.
Solomon Israel (father) has a range of theatre credits including Juicy and Delicious (2015, Nuffield Theatre); Octagon (2015, Arcola Theatre); Chigger Foot Boys (2014, Ovalhouse Theatre), Ferdinand in The Tempest (2012, Royal Shakespeare Company), Twelfth Night (2012, Royal Shakespeare Company), Comedy Of Errors (2012, Royal Shakespeare Company), Taking Steps (2011, Old Laundry Theatre), Redemption Over Hammersmith Broadway (2011, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith), Taking Steps (2011, Tricycle Theatre) and Tuff Love (2006, Bullion Theatre).TV credits include Josh (2014, BBC), Brothers with No Game (2014, BWNG/London Live), Law and Order (2013, Kudos/ITV), Holby City (2013, BBC) and Quick Cuts (2013, BBC). Solomon trained at LAMDA.
Samuel Nicholas (son) Samuel trained at The Centre Performing Arts College. i know all the secrets in my world marks Samuel’s professional stage debut.
national tour | i know all the secrets in my world
Running Time: 1 hour (approx.) | Age restriction: 11+
Written and directed by Natalie Ibu Performed by Solomon Israel (father) and Samuel Nicholas (son)
Designed by Alyson Cummins Movement direction by Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster
Lighting design by Asuza Ono Dramaturg Louise Stephens for We Are Magpie
Sound design by Helen Skiera General Manager Alison Hargreaves
Supported by Arts Council England znd the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation
27 – 30 January West Herts College, Watford
Watford Campus, Hempstead Rd, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 3EZ
7.30pm | Sat matinee 2.30pm on 30th January | £12 + £1.50 handling fee
Rumour/16-25 & West Herts College Students: £5
Box office: 01923 225671
31 January The Porter Theatre, Framlingham College
College Road Framlingham East Anglia IP13 9EY
xxpm | £10 (£8 conc)
Box office: 01728 723 127
3 February Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE
7.30pm | £13 (£9 conc), U18 £6
Box office: 01865 812150
4 – 6 February Salisbury Playhouse
Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7RA
7.45pm | £13.50 (under 25s £9)
Box office: 01722 320333
10 – 11 February Unity Theatre, Liverpool
1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BJ
7pm (Wed) & 8.30pm (Thu) | £12 (£10 conc)
Box office: 0151 709 4988
12 – 13 February Lincoln Drill Hall
Freeschool Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
7.30pm | £12 (£10 conc), £8 students
Box office: 01522 873894
17 – 20 February Bristol Old Vic (studio)
King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED
8pm | 3pm (Saturday matinee) | £14 (£11 conc) plus booking fee
Box office: 0117 987 7877
24 February The Lowry, Salford
Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ
8pm | £12 (£10 conc)
Box office: 0843 208 6000
25 – 26 February The Drum, Birmingham
144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU
7.30pm | £10.50 (£8.50 conc)
Box office: 0121 333 2444
1 March Nottingham Playhouse
Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF
7.30pm | £11 (£9) conc
Box office: 0115 941 9419
2 March Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT
8pm | £12 (£10 conc)
Box office: 01206 573 948
3 – 4 March Albany Theatre, London
Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG
7.30pm | £12 (£10)
Box office: 020 8692 4446