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Tolu Agbelusi presents

Ilé la Wà

Sunday 27 November
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In a nutshell

Never before has the merger of poetry and theatre produced a work so engaging. Ilé la Wà really does make us ask the question: You claim Britain, but has it chosen you?

Go on…

On the same morning the Government unleashes 'Go Home' buses on the streets of London, four strangers find themselves detained together following a raid at a train station. As they speculate on the reasons for their detention and react to their predicaments and each other, their individual stories unravel a tale of subtle prejudices, displacement narratives not limited to migration as well as diverse coping mechanisms. Ilé la wa, which means ‘we are home' in Yoruba, explores what happens when your idea of home conflicts with your reality.

The play features writing from Tolu Agbelusi, Tshaka Campbell, Russenï Fisher, Jemilia Wisdom and Belinda Zhawi and performances by Tolu, Russenï, Belinda and Flo Wilson.

What to expect

A full-length piece of poetry theatre, following which there will be a short Q&A. 

Who’s involved

Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian-British poet, writer, performance artist and lawyer.

She is the creator and producer of HOME IS… a poetry and visual arts project showcasing ILÉ LA WÀ (2016), a poetry-theatre performance as well as an exhibition exploring the concept of home and displacement in Britain.

Flo Wilson is a seasoned actress with adept skill hailing from Manchester. She has appeared on stages including, the Royal National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and TV productions including Coronation Street, Waterloo Road, From Darkness, The Syndicate, etc.  Flo is with the Ceika Bailey Agency.

Bayo Gbadamosi is a young actor oozing natural talent and intelligent delivery. He has appeared on numerous stages including The Royal Court, The Young Vic, Oval House Theatre and The Almeida. Bayo is with the Curtis Brown Agency.

Rudzani Moleya is a London based actress, writer and spoken word artist originally from South Africa. She has performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and was recently in the critically acclaimed play ‘Oh the Humanity’ by Will Eno.

Sarah Meadows an award winning international Theatre Director and Co-Artistic Director of Longsight Theatre Company, working predominantly in new writing. Sarah is London based but originally hails from the northwest and spent her early career in Manchester. She is with the Production Exchange Agency.

What are people saying

'I left thinking I can no longer go through life with my eyes closed and fingers crossed hoping for the best outcome for society. What can I do outside of being?' Audience member

'Heart-whelming - Makes me want to trace my own roots' Audience member

'Personal, political and topical' Audience member

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix matters because it is a hub for a variety of artforms. It isn’t prescriptive in the stories it allows to be told and I appreciate the fact that it supports emerging artists. Without Rich Mix, the process of bringing my idea to life would have been much harder.'

Find out more


Twitter: @ToluAgbelusi #HomeIs

Facebook: /whenifindhome

Instagram: @whenifindhome

Things you should know

Suitable for ages 12+

Running time: approx 45 mins, followed by a Q&A

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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