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Earnest

21 October
Kudzanayi Chiwawa and Ayesha Casely-Hayford in rehearsals for The Importance of Being Earnest, A Two Gents Production

  I am currently doing my first theatre tour. It’s amazing.   The Importance of Being Earnest The play we are doing is an adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde. It is adapted by having two women of colour, myself and actress Kudzanayi Chiwawa, doing ALL of the parts. We are […]

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
Ayesha Casely-Hayford Wandsworth Radio

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 […]

We Dance We Work We Sing

19 March
Ayesha Casely-Hayford We Dance We Work We Sing

Solo Theatre  My solo theatre piece created in workshop with director Colin Watkeys is called “We Dance We Work We Sing”. I used Colin’s creative techniques to create my show. Everyone can learn these techniques! Just go along to his Face to Face Festivals and workshops currently at the Actors Centre, Covent Garden. We Dance We Work We […]

Afro Archives Episode Ten

14 November
Afro Archives, A Performer's World

Afro Archives Episode Ten: Why Go Natural With Your Hair? “Why Go Natural With Your Hair?”   “It’s important to go natural because it’s who we are…let loose…let ourselves out…just be you” – says actress Alice Fofana. I wanted to ask this question “ Why Go Natural With Your Hair?” for our October release because it […]

Afro Archives Episode Nine

07 November
Afro Archives, A Performer's World

Afro Archives Episode Nine: What Do You Do After You’ve Washed Your Hair? What Do You Do After You’ve Washed Your Hair? Shrinking hair, flexible hair, shiny, soft, fresh, bouncy – leave-in conditioner, no conditioner, blow-dry or shake it and go. Such variety among the actors in Afro Archives Episode Nine as we describe what we do […]