Tiata Fahodzi Theatre Company

Scope and Content

The archive comprises records relating to the productions and administration of Tiata Fahodzi and is divided into two series. The first series comprises records relating to the creative and administrational aspects of the company and is catalogued in chronological order, and by production or event. The second series comprises records relating to the overall management of the company and includes documents relating to applications for external funding, material relating to education and outreach projects, and a collection of photographs documenting the company's productions and events. The collection is mainly paper-based, but also includes sound recordings from one of its productions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Tiata Fahodzi is a theatre company founded in 1997 by Femi Elufowoju, jr, who was its artistic director until 2010. The name derives from the Yoruba and Twi languages of West Africa and translates as "theatre of the emancipated". The aim of the company is to "convey, celebrate and challenge the cultural experiences of Africans living in the United Kingdom". The company commissions and develops new writing as well as reinterpreting African and European classics. It stages one major production each year as well as presenting new, emerging talent through initiatives such Tiata Delights, a festival of playreadings and performances of new writing.


The archive has been kept in its original order, and has been divided into the following two series:

  • THM/424/1 - Production and project management records
  • THM/424/2 - General theatre management records

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Acquisition Information

Gift by Tiata Fahodzi, 2012.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Appraisal Information

Appraised according to departmental policy. Press cuttings have been integrated into a company file as part of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance core collections.

Custodial History

This archive was kept by Tiata Fahodzi until its acquisition by the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance.

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