Tiata Fahodzi was founded in 1997 to produce contemporary African theatre for the British stage. Since 2010 its artistic director has been Lucian Msamati. Tiata Fahodzi’s name unites two West African languages and translates as ‘Theatre of the Emancipated’. It seeks to place the stories and creativity of Africans at the heart of British Theatre and to foster new and emerging talent.
Recent successes include Roy Williams’ Joe Guy, the tenth anniversary revival of Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange and Oladipo Agboluaje’s popular Nigerian political dramas The Estate (2006) and Iya Ile (The First Wife) (co-produced with Soho Theatre, 2009; Olivier Award Nomination).
In 2012 the company co-produced Belong by Bola Agbaje with the Royal Court Theatre, winning big audiences and sharing in the 2013 Olivier Award given to the new writing season at the Court.