We are an independent female run and featured production company dedicated to creating and producing entertainment for stage and screen, which reflects and celebrates the diverse experiences, and stories of women
(particularly women of colour and those under represented in the UK).
We have just had a one night only SELL OUT performance of new topical dark comedy 'Behind The Canvas' which looks at how life experiences shape people into who they are.
Written by Lola Remi & Shakella Dedi, Directed by Lucia Cox, the play also explores themes of mental health and the break-down of family. 'Behind The Canvas' was well recieved and is now set to tour this summer. Stay tuned for dates!
"Emotionally affecting...this three-hander has a lot going for it"!
(Mike Scott-Harding, Afridiziak Theatre News)
A night of soul & jazz with a theatrical twist covering hits by female legends from Billie Holiday to The Supremes. (Function group)
If you are looking to hire live musical entertainment visit : www.2chicksandabanjo.com
'Lost On Location' is a mystical, comedy-drama which follows the journey of a black British actress who comes to the realisation that she is lost - culturaly as well as literally, on an island when confronted by ghosts of the past Originally written for radio, this play was adapted for stage in the Lewisham Frindge Festival of 2015.
WOW' (Women on Wine) is what happens when 3 very different, yet very similar groups of women are thrust together in a 'stressful' situation, outside of their hands and comfort zones - they drink wine. Red grapes, green grapes, purple berries - it's all the same. The women drink/ vent, drink / laugh, drink/ cry, drink / escape, drink/ celebrate, before uniting in understanding and appreciation of each other - along with their shared love of grapes! Played at Above The Stage Theatre in 2010.
'Behind The Canvas' (BTC) is a topical dark comedy which looks at how life experiences shape people into who they are. Written by Lola Remi & Shakella Dedi, Directed by Lucia Cox - the play also explores themes of mental health and the break-down of family.
This video contains snippets and public response from our initial Sell Out show last month. Tour dates to be announced soon!
Below are some of the projects we will be working on over the next two years.
2019 Summer tour coming - dates tbc
Currently in development for 2020
New live music show in collaboration with Two Chicks & A Banjo - more details soon!
Web Series in development for late 2019
To air October 2019
Writer/ Actress / Producer
Lola graduated from ALRA in 2001. She signed to Pemberton Associates after being seen in a one woman play at the Cockpit Theatre, which she both wrote and produced. She has worked for the BBC on projects such as 'Meet the Ancestors' and Blue Peter. She is also a Voice-over artist and has made several radio adds for the likes of Premier Radio and Capital FM. As a writer, Lola showcased one of her plays at the Edinburgh Festival in 2004 and also went on to stage it at Soho theatre in London. Lola recently wrote and produced her first screen pilot drama series due for release next year 2019.
Writer/ Actress / Director
Collette studied at ‘The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama,’ HB Studios in New York and TVI in LA. She has had a plethora of experience on screen and stage and has recently played one of the leads in the feature film ‘Things I do for Money’, shot in Canada and directed by the Emmy nominated director, Warren P Sonoda. Colette also played the role of Blessing in “Swapsies” a short film for Fox entertainment in the USA. Her most recent television role was Nurse Williams in, ‘DREAMING WHILST BLACK’. Her latest stage production was ‘Foxes’ directed by Beru Tessema for the RADA festival 2018.
Playwright / Perfomer/ Producer
Shakella studied Performing Arts at Kingsway College, before going on to focus on Acting at Rose Bruford. She later obtained an MA in Scriptwriting at Goldsmiths. Shakella has undertaken a variety of acting and singing roles nationally and internationally, including Race Today (Barbican, London), The Magic Of Motown (UK & Europe), and Christopher Gatelli’s Off-Westend show Silence The Musical (London). Shakella’s Writing & Producing Credits include: Lost on Location (London Theatre); Women on Wine (Above The Stag Theatre), I’m a Londoner (Tristan Bates) & 1867 (Brockley Jack). In 2010 Shakella founded Insite Productions , which now operates as Diva-Verse Productions.
We are keen to hear from other creatives: writers, actors, singers, dancers,
producers, directors, Md's , cinematographers, venue owners - so please get in touch!
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom