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Blog: Meet Becoming Creator Ayo-Dele Edwards

We had a quick chat with singer, songwriter and creator of Becoming Ayo-Dele Edwards about her autobiographical new show.

What was the inspiration for the show?

The show began life as an album (Forever Becoming) it came from wanting to better understand myself, my journey, my life, my creative expression, my faith in God, my relationships. I used to write things down on pieces of paper and when I looked back at what I had written, there were thoughts, doubts, dreams, prayers and whenever I spent enough time thinking about.

The idea for the album launch was to share these thoughts and feelings behind the songs in a way that would bring them to life. Femi Elufowoju, jr directed the album launch, accompanied by a six-piece band. I was then invited to speak at TedxEuston in 2013. My friend Tonderai Munyevu who is an actor and theatre maker, collaborated with me and we began to craft a solo show. So began the process of wading through my journals and choosing which parts of the story I wanted to tell.

The theme of parenthood is a strong influence on Becoming – can you tell us a little more about this?

For me growing up without my parents and immediate family during my earlier years meant that I was shaped and influenced by extended relatives. I resented this for a long time, and often wondered if things would have been different if I had lived with my family, questioning constantly, “what If?"

When I became a parent I came to see the ripple effects of what had been my family breakdown, growing up without my dad in my life. Then becoming a single mother, I desperately did not want my daughter to feel the same way that I had.

Are you excited to be part performing the show as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations?

Definitely! It is fantastic that women are acknowledged and celebrated. It is really important for women to hold onto their identities. As a woman of colour I think representation matters. Women are incredible and it is important to remind ourselves that we are enough and whatever we have to give, women add so much value to the things and people they come in contact with.

What can the audience expect from the show?

The audience can expect a story from the heart. My life experience that I’m sure everybody will recognise elements of, whichever perspective they are watching from. They will laugh and I hope be moved. And then of course there is music. Lot’s of it! Music is so universal and unifying and we’ve incorporated it in such a way to highlight moments in the production of emotion and joy.


Becoming

A musical drama combining storytelling and original songs to bring to life a story of growing up across two continents, exploring identity, love, fear, family relationships and migration.

Wed 6 - Sat 9 Mar
Book now >>

Becoming

Wed 6 - Sat 9 Mar

Book now >>