There Is No Institutional Racism In The UK
Monday July 19th, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ROSE EUPHRASE wrote the play CHAPMANS HEAD OFFICE which she is also performing in. This will be her third production as an actor with Lyla’s Place. She previously performed as Norma in an Extraordinary Ordinary Day at the Lewisham Cultural Centre, also in a Zoom production and she played a variety of roles in the performance Age Against the Machine, Deptford theatre.
TOMI OGUNJOBI is a graduate of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, specialising in acting, singing, dance and movement. She has a professional career spanning over 30 years, starting as a young actress in Lagos Nigeria, before progressing to the prestigious University of Ibadan to study Theatre Arts. Tomi had featured in many stage, TV, film, documentaries and commercial shows, playing the lead in most of them and worked with notable theatre companies, Directors, Cinematographers and Playwrights. Her recent credits includes the Netflix feature film Sex Education season 3.
ZHEN LI was born in China and has been living in London for the past 15 years. He enjoys acting and was trained at Identity Drama School for one year. Zhen has performed within a featured role in TV, Doctor Who. He has also appeared in commercials which include for; HSBC, Tesco and Vitality Insurance.
ADAM PERROTT is a writer with 3 published books (Eerie Deirdre Darkly, The Odds and The Odds Strike Back!) and two literary awards to his name (The People’s Book Prize for Eerie Deirdre and The Lancashire Fantastic Book Award for The Odds). Adam is a full time writer and performer who also has his own YouTube Channel where he does covers of his favourite songs. He’ll be playing the part of Harry Hayes in an upcoming original production called “I Remain” as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in September.
ESTELLE NDUNGU is an activist and advocate in the HIV sector. She is very passionate about advocating for the sexual health and reproductive rights of women living with HIV. Supporting mothers through the pregnancy journey and beyond. She is a convenor working in multiple social media platforms, supporting and helping communities reduce isolation and specifically supporting their well-being during the difficult times of Covid 19
TYAN JONES is an actor, writer, and creative freelancer. She teaches babies and toddlers sign language and runs her own company 'Dramagical Entertainment' creating and delivering community workshops. She inspires the younger generation in a safe space where they are free to explore who they are with no judgement, prejudice and full freedom of expression, learning to respect each other's differences through expressive arts. She is thrilled to be part of 'Lylas Place' reading such a well written poem in her inherited Caribbean accent. As a black woman she's passionate about promoting the black female voice positively to spark understanding and inclusivity.
VANESSA OWUSU graduated with a BA Hons in Drama and Theatre back in 2016. Winner of Ashley Walter's Monologue Jam, she works with young people in the arts and has worked on several short films and Vanessa has written and performed her short piece The Voice of The Unheard which was recently featured in two festivals at the Arcola and Tower Theatre.
M.K. (MELISSA KATHRYN) ROSE is an Australian actor from Sydney.
In the 3 years since making London her home, M.K. has performed in two premiere theatre productions, Home: For A Lost Soldier at the Tristan Bates Theatre and Welcome to the Rose Cottage at the Bread & Roses Theatre, appeared in the award-winning short film MICAL produced by Gordon Lewis, works as a role-player for corporate training, and will feature in the upcoming short film Spoiled Milk. She's also a writer, singer, and musician and fits in a day job as a Box Office Supervisor in the West End and for the upcoming Underbelly Festival.
M.K. has been performing for over 30 years and has taken on some of the most well-known protagonists, including Hedda Gabler in Hedda Gabler, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Rosalind in Shakespeare's As You Like It, and Rita in Willy Russell's Educating Rita.
M.K. Rose is thrilled to join the cast of There Is No Institutional Racism In The UK, and is eager for this production to challenge her on both a personal and professional level.
OYINKA YUSUFF is a graduate of St Mary’s University where she studied Drama & English BA joint Hons. Theatre credits include: JUNIPER MANOR, SOULTOWN MANSION, LOVE WHAT IS THE ANSWER (Catford Broadway), HIT CHICKS (Talawa Theatre) THE DRY NATION (Theatre Utopia ) and ongoing script development readings (Young Vic Theatre), DUTTY WINE(Arcola Theatre), CHANCE OF RAIN (Etcetera Theatre) WE ARE PEOPLE TOO/ One Woman Play (Arcola Theatre) - Screen credits include: GUERRILLA(Sky Atlantic, HBO) HUMANS (Channel 4), TV lead debut in TVFootballers (BENTV), DON’T ENTER (Essex Visual Arts) - T.V commercials include: GREGGs, HITACHI, HALIFAX, BRITISH AIRWAYs, BT & CANCER RESEARCH. Radio plays include: Family First. She has strong influences from Essex where she is based and from Nigeria her heritage.
JAYMEZ ANDERSON has performed on international stages, National tours, cruise lines, and tv since he was a child all over the world. He is originally from The United States where he attended George Mason University for Contemporary Dance. Jay recently retired from the roles of Singer/ Dance - Cast Manager for Carnival Cruise Line after 9yrs. He would like to say how honoured he is to be able to perform in this work of art.
KEJENNE BEARD is a non-binary white South African writer, advocate and actor, amongst other boring things (for survival). And, in the 11 years they have resided in the UK, has had plenty of experience dealing with institutional malfunction in the UK family court, Home Office and NHS. Proud participant in this exposure of UK Governments delusions.
ANGELIKA MICHITSCH is very excited about taking her tech and stage management skills honed at the Tower Theatre to the talented cast 'in the back of a van'. An autodidact, she's also worked her way through every other aspect of the theatre world - from set building to prop making, from singing and acting to devising and directing. She's no stranger to the big or small stage, neither shy of managing the box office or a theatre bar, nor of making a short film about it all. She is delighted to be working with Lyla for the third time.
LYLA ABASS is the founder of Lyla’s Place. She is an actor, playwright and counsellor. Lyla’s Place is a therapeutic theatre company which combines theatre and therapy to create it’s unique productions. She is a passionate theatre activist using theatre as a way to educate, raise awareness, challenge oppression and inspire action towards justice and change. Alongside therapeutic theate, she is a practicing counsellor and co-leads a clinical supervision group for Black therapists.
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