Résumé -Brief

She holds a B.A in Film &Television and an M.A in Stage Performance, as well as several masterclasses with reputable professionals that have helped enhance her skills.

Kafayat is an Empathy enthusiast, Theatre Performance Curator, Exhibitionist, Trauma-Informed workshop facilitator, Events producer, Community Binder, Pop-Culture Critic, and Home cook. With credits performing as One-woman, Ensemble, Public Speaker, Narrator, Broadcast Journalist, Roadie, Stand-up comic, Poetic Rendition, Radio host.

She is keen to approach her cross-genre work as research, critical, and curatorial analysis to recce pressing discomforts of contemporaneity and concepts like Body memory, Otherness, Consumerism, and Nudity art (as an act of vulnerability, where you submit the body to the will of the audience).

She makes performative art that challenges the viewer, Sex & Intimacy positivity, public artwork (usually disrupting public spaces, oblivious of all notions of politeness while blurring the lines between fact & fiction).

She is a character-performer. Think Helena Bonham Carter, Lolly Adefope, Maggie Smith, Jennifer Coolidge, Kat Dennis, Simon Farnaby, and 50Cent.

Her practice explores the building and rebuilding of our higher consciousness and is very much a reflection of the times and our shared stories, spaces, and lives. 

In all her work, the aim is to stimulate debate about the prospects of living humanely. Fusing holistic libations, rituals, chants and using them as a language & tool – to ‘find commonality globally’. She deliberately unpacks uncomfortable themes,  and aesthetic elements, intertwined with her cheerful obsession with being a female with a #Vulva. ‘’My work is uninterested in the conventions of white UK performance; I want to breathe and express my Yorùba queerness in my own way’’

Adopting the fourthwall performance technique is my forté. I let audiences laugh at my insecurities and giggle at my inner struggles. My work demands a gut response with its raw honesty -truthful to the point of creating discomfort. I aim to leave audiences rattled as I gleefully press noses on the steamy window of cliché – they are left not knowing if they should laugh with me or cry for me.

I use my body as an activated and politicized site, bringing charged materials to it to envisage ‘insideness’ and externalize the unconscious. Through somatic inquiry as quiet artivism, I also use my body as a visceral material to turn feelings of vulnerability into empowering actions that reclaim the sensual, as a political tactic to expose and overcome invisible codes of violence on the feminine body.

Currently one of the poster faces for Bradford UK City of Culture 2025 win, Trustee of PCC Church of England, Trustee of Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust, Arts Council England; North Area Dev. Scheme, Yorkshire Producing Collective, Bradford Producing Hub; Creativity Council, Provocateur on 106.6 FM Radio, Collaborated with 2-time Grammy award winner Lekan Babalola to curate a jazz percussion rendition with John Coltrane as a study, Blogger for The Reviews Hub London, Voicecurated Audio/Photo exhibition ‘Seeing Asylum” for Refugee Week 2022; commissioned by Centre For Applied Social research (CeASR)- Leeds Church Institute -and facilitated by Criminology Expert/Author Maria De Angelis,National Literary Trust appointed Speaker at the UK screening of Netflix documentary ‘Knock down the House’ (following congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rise to Senate as a POC) at the National Science and Media Museum…to mention a few.

 I am also Bradford Council curator of IWD digital piece ‘Loud-Straws’ featuring Jordan Stephens of music group Rizzle Kicks and Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Lisa Holdsworth.
Channel 4: Banter with Strictly Come Dancing Judge; Anton Du Beke  https://youtu.be/L9R_1BXADWU

And a newly qualified First-aider.

Kafayat Adègoke is a Spotlight-registered artist.

She is currently appearing in Russell T Davies / BBC Years and Years featuring Emma Thompson and Rory Kinnear. Channel 4 Great British Sex. 1 O’clock views on Channel 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9R_1BXADWU , and Manchester United FC Ad for Premier league tagged #Projectrestart

A mouth-piece for women’s rights and has been invited to speak at various women oriented events like Venus radio International Women’s Day broadcast, UK screening of Netflix film ‘Knock down the house’ ((following congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rise to Senate as a POC) at the National Science and Media Museum, Park Avenue Ladies Cricket International Women’s day event. Bradford Transformed – International women’s Day event

photo by Verona Visuals

She performed in the HANDS art Project by Award winning director of 12 years a Slave; Steve Mcqueen.

With 2-time Grammy Award winning Percussionist Lèkan Babalola and his sacred Funk Quartet, Kafayat collaborated on curating the cross-cultural piece and toured with him as a warm-up act.

In 2015 she became a voice actor for Euro Talk UK.

She was tour assistant to Jazz juggernaut, Grammy nominee and originator of ‘real’ Afrobeat in Africa Fela; Seun Kuti &Egypt80, Manager and Associate to Internationally known pop artist Olu Maintain and they recorded with 50cent’s G-UNIT first lady Olivia, US reality star Natalie Nunn and Hypeman Fatman Scoop.

Kafayat project-managed the Nelson Mandela spoof at Ravensbourne London, used as the opening skit for the Screen Nation Film and TV Awards. She Co-ordinated the Redcarpet for GLAM Africa Fashion show/ Awards London,

She performed with Japanese choreographer Jija Sohn in her piece Tamago at Transform International Festival 19, and hosted a segment at the Red-carpet of London Beach Rugby 2018.

Kafayat is a technocrat. She makes work at the high capacity of a combined-arts performer, she sings and applies series of artforms within performances… even better than a triple threat, and she enjoys work that provokes thoughts, Boundary-daring work.

She was a character performer in the ASYLUM IN ART Project; a photo visualisation of life inside and beyond the UK immigration Removal centres- managed by author and criminology expert Maria dè Angelis, filmed by Jeremy Abrahams Photography and curated by Leeds City of sanctuary & Leeds Refuge Education Training Advice Service, and she went ahead to become the sole voice narrator for the journal article and grand exhibition of the piece, funded by Leeds Beckett University.

Her other stage performances include: Searching for the Heart of Leeds (Malena) West Yorkshire Playhouse, Not an Open Mic; Women’s Comedy Theatre in the Mill, Revolution Bradford (Red Leader) Freedom Studios, Space Wars (Slimax) Wrongsemble Theatre, The Lonely society (Ione) Common Chorus Theatre, This Space Is Occupied (Apinke) Bent Architect Theatre, Superheroes (Black Panther warrior princess Zinger) Wrongsemble Theatre.

She was a Pearl Thusi character in the A10 Africans In London Campaign that was launched by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and his son Kojo, as a vehicle to support the empowerment of African diasporans.

Television credits include:

Hit drama series Years and Years on BBC One Great Bristish Sex on Channel 4 Steph’s packed Lunch on Channel 4 Dragon on the web series of Dragons den parody with Kinotrigger Productions. Participant on Million Pound Lockdown with Yalli productions/Warner Bros/BBC, Appi Appi (Love interest) with Bollywood star Siddharth Jadhav.

She facilitated the Global Bradford Migrant storytelling session at the Bradford Festival; a National Literacy Trust Project, Nothing Hill Carnival London, Venue-Coordinated Live at Leeds, Leeds International Film festival, Light Night Leeds and Leeds Young Film Festival.

She dabbled into learning disability arts with Mind the Gap Theatre company and toured Germany after supporting in rehearsals on CONTAINED; a project exploring the issue of disability and changing the dominant narrative that disability is not inability.

Kafayat recently won a commission- funded by the Arts Council England, to make work that captures Identity and Mental Health; Currently in R&D.

These links have made the bridge between bringing projects from drawing board to reality and the mark of a successful performer and maker. It is clearly evidenced because it has fostered the development of this her current combined Arts project.

Kafayat is currently touring a Jazz infused session of the show within the UK and Europe.