Résumé -Brief

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

She sits on the Bradford Producing Hub; Creativity Council, Secretary for Bradford Pride and Sharp&Engagaing Radio Panel on BCB 106.6 FM.

She is a character-actor, with credits performing as One-woman, Ensemble, Public Speaker, Narrator, Broadcast Journalist, Pop-culture critic, Roadie, Stand-up comic, Poetic Rendition, Radio host and Facilitator.

Kafayat Adègoke is a Spotlight registered artist.

She is currently appearing in Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9R_1BXADWU . Russell T Davies / BBC Years and Years featuring Emma Thompson and Rory Kinnear. Channel 4 Great British Sex. 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’ (documentary based on women of colour in America doing grassroot campaigns and taking on big politicians) 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 has always been interested in work that address societal issues hence, she dabbled into disabled art with Mind the Gap Theatre company and toured Germany with them 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 with Theatre in the Mill Bradford– funded by the Arts council England, to make work that captures Identity and Mental Health; Currently in R&D.

She has 2 one-woman shows under her belt. Though her work is always centred around issues that affect us as a society, it is of paramount importance to her, that it is embedded with cultural significance to the Yoruba people.  PER-SO-NA an immersive piece based on fact and fiction about a Yoruba Nigerian girl that isn’t so Nigerian. (It touches upon the ordeals of being defined by labels and the artificial construct of cultural borders), and was staged alongside the Simeon Barclay Exhibition Bus2Move at the prestigious Tetley Art Gallery Leeds. It was later commissioned by Theatre in the Mill Bradford, to be redeveloped and performed as part of their RightQueerRightNow Festival. Òrìshà (deity) A live art exhibition that tackles sexism, it uses storytelling and satire to critique patriarchal mindsets and gender politics, while capturing the archetypes of the divine feminine body and how women are deities that deserve to be honoured and appreciated. And was debuted at the Bradford Fringe Festival.

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.