Creator & storyteller
Phil Okwedy is a Welsh performance storyteller and myth-maker, born in Cardiff to a Welsh mother and Nigerian father. He draws deeply on his dual heritage and multiple cultures and performs regularly in storytelling clubs and festivals across Wales and England, as well as internationally at Kea Festival in Greece and Fabula Festival in Sweden. Phil has recently worked with National Theatre Wales on Go Tell the Bees and been commissioned for Literature Wales’ Representing Wales, Developing Writers of Colour programme.
Phil’s first book, Wil & the Welsh Black Cattle, is a brilliant collection of Welsh folktales framed around the mythology of the ancient cattle drovers.
Michael Harvey is an award-winning storyteller who has told stories internationally for over 25 years as well as being a leading teacher, coach and director for storytelling performances. He has won a Major Creative Wales Award which allowed him to study with Abbi Patrix and other artists at the 3rd Labo at La Maison du Conte in Paris.
Based in Cardiff, Michael frequently collaborates with artists from across Europe and is in increasing demand as a facilitator for performance storytellers and an inventive workshop leader in schools.
Molara is an inspirational singer, songwriter, teacher, performer and visual artist. Following a BA Honours degree in drama and French literature, Molara went on to work in theatre in the early 1990’s. before becoming an original member of dub dance pioneers Zion Train.
She has sung and recorded with a wide range of bands and artists which include Mad Professor, Femi Kuti, The Ruts DC and Baka Beyond.
She founded One Voice Choir in 2005 to celebrate her love of international singing techniques, and was one of the founders of The Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival in 2008. Most recently she became a trustee of the Natural Voice Network.
She has delivered educational provision of music and the arts to people aged 0 to 106, of differing abilities and backgrounds since 1992, working for the likes of Span Arts, National Theatre of Wales, Arts Council of Wales and Sheba Soul Ensemble black women’s theatre group.
She is fascinated by the brain and has been privileged to work with people who were not “neuro typical”, those with dementia and stroke survivors.
She has campaigned for race, social, financial and cultural equality, all her life.
Elanor is a prolific Lighting Designer based in Wales; lighting productions for Theatre, Opera, Dance, Musicals and Children’s Theatre in a variety of theatres and venues including site specific spaces. Her work takes her throughout the UK and internationally, including Ireland, Spain and the Sydney Opera House. She is a graduate of the RWCMD where she returns as a guest lecturer and mentor in Stage Lighting
A selection of recent Lighting Designs: Madam Butterfly, Rhondda Rips it Up (Welsh National Opera) ; La Boheme ( Mid Wales Opera); Arandora Star, Eye of the Storm, (Theatr na nÓg); Pryd Mae’r Haf? Merched Caerdydd, Nos Sadwrn o Hyd, Hollti, Chwalfa (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); StickMan, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales (Freckle)
Jasmine is a BA (hons) English Literature and MSc Psychology graduate, who has a fierce passion for storytelling, representation and mental wellbeing in the arts. She loves working with creatives and supporting artists, as well as bringing projects to the stage, which ignited a career as a producer.
In her seven years living in Cardiff, Jasmine has produced ‘Timelines’, a social media piece (RawFfest, Wales Millennium Centre), Season 2 of Critically Speaking (Podcast, Jafar Iqbal), The TigerFace Show (The Riverfront Arts Theatre), and co-produced XXXMas Carol (Big Loop Theatre Company and Wales Millennium Centre).
In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys hiking and can be found in art galleries, museums and theatres, but after shows, she is likely to be conked out in front of a good documentary – she has a particular weakness for Blue Planet and Tesco fizzy laces.