FLY! Festival

Presented by Sheba Soul Ensemble, FLY! Festival is the first ever Black women’s theatre festival to be held in the UK.

A heady mix of great performances and outstanding workshops await. Black women artists and workshop facilitators from all over the UK, the Caribbean and the US will converge in Bristol and awaken us to new ways of thinking about enduring situations. This day of workshops and performances is guaranteed to lift the spirit and elevate the mind.

Akulah Agbami

Hip Hop Theatre

Workshop
Venue:
Coopers' Loft
Price:
£8
Duration:
3 hours

Join us for a fast-paced, upbeat, fun-filled workshop delivered by Washington-based hip hop theatre artist Paige Hernandez. Come push your boat out!

  • 10:00am
Akulah Agbami

The Ins and Outs of Acting

Workshop
Venue:
Coopers' Loft
Price:
£8
Duration:
3 hours

Amantha Edmead is an outstanding artist - she has played in Casualty, Eastenders, and Doctors but now specialises in theatre and legendary one-woman shows. Her workshop promises to bring new skills to experienced and novice actors alike. Very much a workshop for everyone.

  • 2:00pm

Plenary Discussion

Venue:
Coopers' Loft
Price:
Free
Duration:
60 mins

We are excited to invite people from across the city and far beyond to join us in a discussion around black women and theatre. We will consider women's access to performances both as artists and audience members, and the availability of brilliant workshops enabling women to acquire new skills.

We will hear from Cleo Lake, Judith Davis, Paige Hernandez, Josiane Antourel, but most especially we look forward to hearing from you - our audience and performance participants.

What's it like for young actresses? Is the training available for directors? What is the funding support like? And how supportive are audiences of the work we are putting out there? We look forward to a lively, thought-provoking debate.

  • 5:00pm
Ishi Khan

I'mMigrant!

Venue:
The Weston Studio
Price:
£10
Duration:
45 mins (no interval)
Ages:
Ages 16+
Warning:
Strong language

Zambian-born with Indian roots, Ishi calls Britain home. Does that make her Brizambdian?

Ishi Khan-Jackson is a happy stand-up comedian, laughter therapy workshop facilitator and tickling jester. Her latest show, Ishi Khan-Jackson: I’mMigrant! The Remix tackles migration, identity & belonging. This is Ishi’s second stand up show. Her first, I am Happy! (★★★★ Female Arts), was nominated for Best Show at the Funny Women’s Awards 2013. After debuting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, I am Happy! toured the UK.

'An engaging raconteur' (Three Weeks), Ishi has been making people laugh since she was born. She came out crying & they all laughed! A qualified Mechanical Engineer, when she turned to comedy in 2008 she started off running and compering comedy nights. Since then she has supported some of the best, including Signatures (Britain’s Got Talent), Sarah Millican, Dara O’Brian (Mock the Week), John Hegley, Isy Suttie (Peep Show), Paul Foot, Patrick Monahan, Suzy Bennett, Shazia Mirza, Brian Damage & Krystal & Gary Delaney.

  • 6:15pm
Akulah Agbami

Cry of My Roots

Venue:
Coopers' Loft
Price:
£8
Duration:
60 mins (no interval)

Duet Josiane Antourel and Yna Boulangé revisit an original work – Cry of my Roots, based on the work of the late Martinique choreographer Jean-François Colombo, and create an hour-long piece combining dance, video and theatre.

Cry of my Roots relates the destiny of Haiti and was performed at the festival The Cultural Nights of Rivière-Pilote at Tropiques Atrium National Scene in Martinique and the Tout-Monde Festival in Miami, in 2018. The show will tour to L' Artchipel in Guadeloupe in May 2019 before coming to Bristol Old Vic.

  • 7:00pm
Akulah Agbami

Lovesplay

Directed by Akulah Agbami
Venue:
Coopers' Loft
Price:
£8
Duration:
1 hour 10 mins (no interval)

Join us as we scurry back in time and recapture the context for the coming together of Makeda, Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. Dance, poetry and theatre glide and interweave as the story unfolds – prompting us to reconsider ‘What is love?’

Audiences have said: ‘Amazing performances with an imaginative mix of different acting styles. Solomon, WOW! Brilliant!’ and ‘Beautiful, serene, gently held storytelling.’ ‘Loved it. Totally absorbing.’

  • 8:30pm