Ayo-Dele Edwards

  • Actor
    Female / Greater London
  • Ethnicity
    Black - African
    Age Range
    24 - 34
    Height
    5' 4" (1m 63cm)
    Weight
    9st. 11lb (62kg)
    Hair Colour
    Black
    Eye Colour
    Brown
    Build
    Medium

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2019★★★★ “The non-sequential vignettes, often loosely linked, act just like a wandering mind”
Amber Woodward
thespyinthestalls.com

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2019Laide
Rehearsed Reading
Fly Home Butterfly
Abigail Sewell
Talawa Theatre Company
Shorditch House
2019One woman show
Theatre
Becoming
Debo Oluwatuminu
Stratford Circus
Stratford Circus Arts Centre
2018Ayo/Joyce/Risi/
Theatre
Becoming
Debo Oluwatuminu
Research and Development
Stratford Circus
2017Ensemble
Theatre
Voices Of Change
Trevor Toussaint
Nitro_Vox
Peckham Theatre
2017Ensemble
Theatre
No Man Is An Island
Anna Coombs
Tangle Theatre
Yinka Shonibare Studios
2017Bolaji, Abike, Mama
Theatre
Shadows In Different shades
Tim Trimingham
Utopia Theatre
Theatre In The Mill
2017Girl
Theatre
Becoming
Tonderai Munyevu
Unsigned United
2017Part B
Theatre (Tour)
Towards The Sun
Anna Coombs
Tangle
Yinka Shonibare studios
2016Labake
Theatre
Iyalode Of Eti (Duchess Of Malfi)
Moji Kareem
Utopia Theatre
Abeokuta Cultural Centre
2016Labake
Theatre
Iyalode Of Eti (Duchess Of Malfi)
Moji Kareem
Utopia Theatre
West Yorkshire Playhouse
2016Girl
Radio
Samaritans Purse
Bradley Howard
Premier Media Group
2015Iya Tope
Theatre
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives
Femi Elufowoju jr.
The Elufowoju jr Ensemble
Theatre East Stratford
2015Labake
Rehearsed Reading
Iyalode Of Eti
Moji Kareem
Utopia Theatre
2015Voice
Voiceover
Leprosy Mission
Bradley Howard
Premier Media Group
Premier Radio London
2015Girl
Theatre
Forever Becoming
Tonderai Munyevu
Unsigned United
Diorama
2015Nenna
Rehearsed Reading
Fractures
Femi Elufowoju jr
Soho Theatre
soho Theatre
2014Person 2
Theatre (Tour)
Mandela Project
Anna Combs
Tangle
Guest Projects
2014Market woman 3/Singer
Radio
Death and the King's Horseman
Pauline Harris
BBC
Maida Vale, London
2014Singer
Music Video
Ayo-Dele / Freedom Calling
Anthony Ogunmuyiwa
ATO Productions
2013Sophie
Film (Short)
The Presidents Wife
Aicha Kossoko
Arfilmstudios
Faircharm Trading Estate
2013Musical Director
Theatre
Omega
Rhea Henry
Goldsmiths
Waterloo East Studio
2013Vocal & Accent Coach
Teacher
The Burial
Franko Figueiredo-Stow
Stonecrabs
The Albany Theatre
2012Artist/Performer
Theatre
Forever Becoming
Femi Elufowoju Jr
Unsigned United
The Tabernacle
2012Performer
Theatre
Fan The Flame
Devised
New World Nigeria at Nigeria House
Stratford Theatre
2012Letwin/Susan
Radio
Loveness and Me
Catherine Bailey
Catherine Bailey Ltd
The Soundhouse
2011Creative Assistant
Corporate
Moremi
Gbadero Lahami
IRMS
Waterloo Studio
2011Singer/Writer
Theatre
“Where are we now? Nigeria Heritage Festival”Stonecrabs
The Albany Theatre
2010Performer
Theatre
Waters Flight
Devised
Kuumba Nia Arts
Pegasus Theatre
2010Beulah
Theatre
Finding Beulah
Devised
Kuumba Nia Arts
Pegasus Theatre
2009Choral Co-ordinator
Teacher
Iya Ile
Femi Elufowoju Jr
Tiata Fahodzi
Soho Theatre
2009Serena
Musical
Not Quite Gospel
Don Kinch
Nu Century Arts
The Drum
2008Pertunia Mutambira
Theatre
Yours Abundantly From Zimbabwe
Annie Castledine / Ben Evans
Gillian Plowman Productions
Oval House Theatre
2008Cubs
Voiceover
Little Big CatCbeebies
BBC Bristol
2008Temi
Rehearsed Reading
In time
Femi Elufowoju Jnr
Tiata Fahodzi
The Almeida
2007Choir
Musical
Roll Jordan RollJazz Festival
Royal Festival Hall
2007Choir
Musical
Roll Jordan Roll
Abram Wilson
Sugar & Spice Festival
Newcastle
2007Ngozi
Radio
Nature Calls
Marrion Nancarrow
BBC World Service Drama
2007Choir
Musical
Roll Jordan Roll
Abram Wilson
The Bill Chill Festival
Herefordshire
2007Ese
Radio
The Proposition
Ondina Ramos De Fonseca
BBC World Service Drama
Bush House
2006Maria Segundo
Radio
Stealing Souls
femi Elufowoju Jnr
BBC
BBC Bush House
2006Abasina
Radio
The Estate
Anne Edyvean
BBC World Service Drama
BBC Bush House
2006Abasina
Theatre (Tour)
The Estate
Femi Elufowoju Jr
New Worsley/Tiata Fahodzi
Soho Theatre
2005Young queen Ojuola/ Abero
Theatre
The Gods Are Not To Blame
Femi Elufowoju Jnr
The Arcola/ Tiata Fahodzi
The Arcola Theatre
2004Singer/ Choir
Theatre
My Kind Of Music
Mike Alexander
Choir Connexion
National Tour
2002 - 2003Mrs Jefferson/Bag lady/Mrs Marquez
Theatre (Tour)
Rent
Paul Kerryson
Leicester Heymarket
Uk Tour
2002Mrs Noah
Theatre
White Folks
Ray Shell
WFC
Pleasance theatre
2002Ayo
Film (Short)
Salt Scrubbers
Deola Folarin
Bill and Ben Productions
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2008Acting ShakespeareMorley College
    20003 yr. ActingMountview Academy of Theatre Arts

    Additional Skills

    I work part-time as an interpreter for solicitors and crown courts. I translate English to Yoruba and v/versa.

    (Nigerian)Yoruba accent coach for Theatre, Radio and Film

    "Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives"

    "Becoming"

    "Samaritans Purse"

    "The Burial"

    "Moremi"

    About me

    Currently writing a solo performance piece called 'Becoming'

    Ayo-Dele Edwards is a London based singer/actress, who from an early age has been surrounded by various genres of music. As the fourth child born to Nigerian parents in London, Ayo-Dele has experienced countless blessings that have molded her into who she is today. Her name means ‘Joy has come home’ in Yoruba, a tribe and language spoken in Nigeria, Western Africa.

    At the tender age of four, her family moved back home to Africa, where she adjusted to a new way of life, assimilating a new found culture through formative education and formulating new friendships. Surrounded by eclectic rhythms and sounds, Ayo-Dele became fixated with music a huge cultural signpost at every corner she turned. Merging her British musical repertoire with the African heritage was inevitable and grew into her main passion. She was often heard singing her favorite song ‘Brown Girl in the Ring’ by Boney M and occasionally instructed to keep the noise down. Her thirst for knowledge increased, and she would extemporize from ABBA to local musicians from her community.

    Her early years in Nigeria saw Ayo-Dele living the life of a nomad, moving around and living with various members of the extended family – this was a very tough regime, as she had to modulate between a range of different rules and regulations. Through these transitions she preoccupied herself by retelling stories that she had picked up along her travels. However, it was during a brief period living in Abeokuta that she felt herself particularly drawn to genre of music, which was to change her life, gospel. Whilst in Abeokuta, she lived next to a church and her fascination with the talking drums and heightened lyrical voices in worship emanating from the church.

    At the age of ten, Ayo-Dele headed back to England where her older brother introduced her to the sounds of Rare Groove, Pop, R&B and Soul. With musical influences such as King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Good Women Choir, Bob Marley and Fela Kuti behind her, her desire to sing accelerated. In 2002 she joined the award winning UK gospel collective GK REAL and that musical journey took her on another life changing path.

    Music hasn’t been the only creative direction that Ayo-Dele has taken. Drama became another interest, and led to formal training at Mountview where she studied for three years perfecting her skills and gaining experience.

  • Skills

    Skin Colour
    • Black
    Accents (International)
    • African (South)
    • African (West)
    • Ghanaian
    • Nigerian
    • West-Indian
    Experienced In
    • Film (Professional)
    • Film (Student)
    • Radio
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    Interested in
    • Commercials
    • Film (Professional)
    • Presenting
    • Radio
    • Rehearsed Readings
    • Theatre (Fringe)
    • Theatre (Professional)
    • Theatre (Touring)
    • TV
    • Voice Over
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Organisation Memberships
    • BECTU (UK)
    Accents (UK)
    • London
    • RP
    • South London
    Accents (North American)
    • New York City
    General Dance Skills
    • African dance styles
    Hair Length
    • Short
    Specific Singing Skills
    • Alto
    • Mezzo-Soprano
    Perform nude?
    • No
    Stage Combat Skills
    • No
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    General Singing Skills
    • Solo
    Native accent
    • English
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Character Types
    • Wholesome
    • Professional