How I came to became an actor/ some of the challenges along the way, Online, Wednesday, 14. October 2020
About this Event
Ayo-Dele Edwards is an Actor, Singer, and Songwriter whose art combines British and Nigerian influences expressed through songs and stories. She recently completed a 4 day run of her one-woman show BECOMING at Stratford Circus based on her debut album "Forever Becoming" which explores identity, faith and family.
Her early years in Nigeria saw Ayo-Dele living the life of a nomad, moving around and living with various members of the extended family – this was a very tough regime, as she had to modulate between a range of different rules and regulations. Through these transitions she pre-occupied herself by retelling stories that she had picked up along her travels. It was during a brief period living in Abeokuta that she felt herself particularly drawn to genre of music, which was to change her life, gospel. Whilst in Abeokuta, she lived next to a church and her fascination with the talking drums and heightened lyrical voices in worship emanating from the church.
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.
Her radio catalogue includes: Death and the King’s Horseman (an invited cast for Wole Soyinka’s 80th Birthday celebrations on BBC Radio 3), The Loveness & Me (BBC Radio 4), The Estate, Stealing Souls, The Proposition and Nature Calls, BBC World Service Drama.