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After Earnest

12 April
Two actresses called Ayesha Casely-Hayford and Kudzanayi Chiwawa perform The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Our Two Gents production of The Importance of Being Earnest was a 12-week project. And now it’s all done. These are my reflections, After Earnest. For a 12-week period of time, we took Oscar Wilde’s seminal play, The Importance Of Being Earnest, and transformed this classical text into our own. We welcomed it into our lives, […]

Dreadlocks

11 January
Ayesha Casely-Hayford the creator of Afro Archives poses smiling on a deckchair with her cousin Naa Shika Odonkor

In August 2018, A Book’s Christian Academy (in Apopka Florida USA) refused entry to a 6-year old boy because of his dreadlocks. In September 2017, Fulham Boys School (in the UK) asked a 12-year old boy to cut off his dreadlocks.Let’s discuss DREADLOCKS. Afro Hair and Dreadlocks Dreadlocks take many years to grow! They can […]

Roll The Dice

15 December
Ayesha Casely-Hayford at The Stage Award 2018

“Everyone on Earth is carrying around an unseen history and that alone deserves some tolerance”from “I Am Becoming” by Michelle Obama” Photo credit: Martin Eito Sometimes, for the whole day, I’m simply…Trying to not get TOOOO F*CKING FRUSTRATED TBH. These are my reflections on where I’ve come from and the truth of the strength and […]

Earnest

21 October
Two women of colour sit at a table with strong expressions on their faces. They are wearing matching white t-shirts.

The Importance Of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest, is a play written by Oscar Wilde. We are performing it as two women of colour, that is myself and actress Kudzanayi Chiwawa. Between us, we are doing ALL of the parts. This means multi-roles, multi-accents and taking the confusion of this play to a […]

Head Wraps

16 March

The history of the head wrap is vast, political, and cultural. That’s why I dedicated a whole hour to it. My Afro Archives On Air podcast number 3 is dedicated to Head Wraps. With my first live guest, Sandra Soteriou of Knots UK, we travelled the world from Japan, to Nigeria, discussing head wraps. We […]

Wandsworth Radio

03 March
A young black woman in a radio studio with a big microphone in front of her face.

On 2nd March 2018, Wandsworth Radio welcomed Afro Archives as part of its launch of “Female Friday”. It was the beginning of Afro Archives on Air You can read the transcript here and have a listen too “Female Friday”: is now on every Friday at WandsworthRadio.com Afro Archives is scheduled at 3pm to 4pm I […]

My Fro & Me: Hair Stories from Women of Colour

02 December
Afro Archives A Performer's World By Ayesha Casely-Hayford

Hair Stories On 28th November 2017 “My Fro & Me”  –  Hair Stories from Women of Colour  – was at The National Theatre, London, UK. We talked hair, culture, identity, Eurocentric ideals of beauty on our stage and screens, and discrimination. Endlessly Afro. “The prime responsibility of the theatre is to show a culture its […]