A POET IN THE BIG SMOKE./
TOLU AGBELUSI IS A WOMAN OF MANY TALENTS./ THE NIGERIAN BRITISH POET, PLAYWRIGHT, PERFORMER, EDUCATOR + LAWYER IS BASED IN LONDON, WHERE HER ARTISTIC PRACTICE FOCUSES ON BUILDING COMMUNITIES + EMPOWERING PEOPLE THROUGH LITERATURE./
SUPPORTED BY SEVERAL ARTS COUNCIL GRANTS, TOLU CREATED THE 'HOME IS... PROJECT', A COLLABORATIVE, POETRY-BASED PROJET EXPLORING VARIOUS CONCEPTS OF HOME + DISPLACEMENT./ AND HER DEBUT MULTI-HANDER PLAY, ILÉ LA WÀ, RECEIVED RAVE REVIEWS FROM THEATRE CRITICS FOLLOWING SEVERAL SOLD-OUT SHOWS BETWEEN SUMMER 2018 + SPRING 2019./
WE LOVE HOW TOLU'S WORK EXPLORES THE COMPLEX + CHALLENGING ISSUES SURROUNDING THE IDEA OF 'BELONGING' TO A PLACE YOU CALL HOME./ WE REACHED OUT TO TOLU TO FIND OUT SOME OF HER SPECIAL PLACES IN LONDON...
"Sky Garden in Fenchurch Street is a peace haven. You have amazing views of London for miles + so much space + beauty that it puts me in a relaxed frame of mind. It's good for writing + if you are there towards the evening, there are also restaurants + bars inside. And did I say it's free entry?"
"From the views on Hungerford bridge to the endless creative activity at the Southbank, there's always something to do. Lots of free music + art activities, as well as paid. You are next to the National Theatre + have a selection of festivals throughout the year + all kinds of food. Plus, I always bump into someone I know!"
"I've seen many amazing plays here + just round the corner from the theatre is a garden with a tiny café + a playground hidden in the back. Both are nice ways to break away from the city whilst being in it."
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