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Unlock Your Ancestry Through Writing

Part of Africa Utopia

Come to this workshop to explore how to craft a solo performance that connects with your ancestry.

Do you have an idea for a piece of performance you’d like to write that connects with your ancestry, but are unsure how or where to start?

This workshop, led by Yolanda Mercy, teaches you techniques to develop your ideas into a monologue, finishing with a recording at the end of the session.

The workshop covers:
– Ways into solo performance
– How to include ancestry in a fictional or non-fictional story
– Challenging obstacles which may arise when creating a solo piece

Yolanda Mercy is an actor and playwright from London who trained at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

She was named Artist to Watch 2017 by the British Council, and is part of the BBC Writersroom. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post.

Comedy, spoken word, music and audience participation are the key ingredients to her unforgettable shows, and her latest piece, Quarter Life Crisis, explores what it means to be an adult, comparing her existence of growing up with that of her peers and her ancestors, who are from Nigeria.

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Royal Festival Hall
Sunley Pavilion, Level 3


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+.