I’m a graduate

Last week I finally graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a trained actor. I’m certified, baby!

Akuc RCS graduation

It’s been a really impactful journey these last three years of drama school and I’m so happy that I decided to train up north in Glasgow. I feel like I’ve grown a lot and absorbed so much in terms of acting and in terms of just living life on my terms.

So, what are my plans as a graduate? Enjoy the freedom, that’s for sure. I have my sights set on going on holiday in September or October. I’m thinking somewhere warm and sunny. Wherever the world will take me, I’ll be ready.

I’m back on the blogging wave now that I’m not so busy with school, so that will take some of my time, too. I’ll be continuing to read a book per week and since I’m in London I can go back to my Dinka classes.

I’m not too sure what the rest of my year will look like – I’ll have to take a moment next week to really visualise and decide on how things should go – but what I do know is that I need to prepare myself (mentally and physically) for something big, something extraordinary!

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Drama school: Glasgow showcase

We had our Glasgow showcase two days ago on the main stage at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and I think it was a huge success. We got a lot of positive feedback from our audience and my entire class gave their all.

The structure of showcase is that each actor performs 2 duologues, but some people (myself included) performed 1 monologue and a duologue. At the start of the show we sang a song from our previous show ‘Attempts on Her Life’ as it was a beautiful way to kicks things off.

Showcase RCS

Our London showcase is on Thursday 21st February and the audience will consist of big agents, casting directors, directors and other industry professionals. It’s especially important to do a good job because we’re perform for the people who can further our careers with amazing job opportunities and great connections.

The London showcase is basically the big build-up of drama school because there’s just so many important people in the theatre with us. My class and I have spent the last few months sending personal invitations to a long list of contacts so the stakes are high.

I’m well stocked on positive affirmations and I’ll be getting a massage that evening to treat myself.

Time to bring home the bacon!

Get me to the theatre!

I haven’t seen a good piece of theatre in a whiiiiiillllle, and in Paris the struggle has been real. French theatre just isn’t for me – hell to the nah, to the nah, nah, naaaah!

But good thing I’m back in London pretty soon so I’ll be seeing about one or two plays per week including: Continue reading

4 sold out shows of Bite Your Tongue

We finished our final show on Saturday and I just cannot believe our luck. That was our 4th sold out show and we had another full-house standing ovation. The feedback that we got from the audience was just incredible. People felt moved, inspired, provoked, enraged, they could relate to so many of the topics we touched upon during our hour long performance and lots said they would love to watch it again with friends and family who missed the show.

I am so grateful that we were able to affect our audience, show after show, by unapolegetically sharing our truth and our story. Continue reading

Bite Your Tongue rehearsal photos!

Only 7 days until showtime. Come join us for a night of great theatre at Hackney Showroom on 31st August, 1st & 2nd September at 7.30pm!

Bite Your Tongue is the latest show from Talawa Theatre Company’s TYPT.

Enough is enough!
How long can we do nothing?
How long can we bite our tongues?

In a city fracturing under the weight of hate and fear, a movement grows.

A new tower can be spotted on the skyline, nestled in between the glittering symbols of the city’s wealth and power.

Built by different hands.
Occupied by different bodies.

As the media becomes more divisive and political leaders lay blame on ‘both sides’, Bite Your Tongue asks whether we should find ways to come together or express ourselves on our own terms. Continue reading