In Hiding  
In Hiding

Première of a new play by Adenike Ojo

Directed by Kanayo Omo

Wednesday 21 June - Saturday 1 July, 2023

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast List

Bimpe DaCosta : Titilope Elegbede
Iya Risikatu : Kemi Kentebe
Fareeda : Buki Bimbi-Philips
Olaolu : Jeffery Kwateng-Acheampong
Headmaster Mensah / Hakeem : Chidi Okeke
Ngozika : Xara Chisano
Madam Agbeke of Warm Springs : Stella Betton
Chief Akinwale Haastrup : Shane Afolabi
Bolaji Azeez : Emefa Owusu-Cole
Ensemble : Kemi Kentebe, Stella Betton, Buki Bimbi-Philips

All performances featured live traditional Yoruba music performed by Ayan De First-Mr Culture. The matinée and evening performances on 24 June also included Mr Culture’s elere band and UniekGrace. The final two performances on 1 July included Nigerian vocalist, Joyce Ochelle.


Production Team

Director : Kanayo Omo
Set Design: Ayo Oluwaleimu
Costume Design : Landé Belo
Lighting Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Sound Design : Tamara Douglas-Morris
Music Director : Stella Betton

Stage Manager : Jack Pattison
Assistant Director: Mya Onwugbonu
Lighting Operator : Rob Hebblethwaite, Landé Belo or Isabel Quiroz
Sound Operator : Peta Barker
Wardrobe Assistants : Nicole Kempley, Anna Kidd, Adenike Ojo
Hair and Make-Up : Funmi Adesoji
Producer : Landé Belo

Titilope Elegbede
Titilope Elegbede is excited to return to the stage in this production of In Hiding. She has made appearances in Out of The Darkness at the Albany, The 'F' Word at the Cockpit Theatre, and Kemi on The Block. She enjoys the immersion of the stage and the thrill of breaking the fourth wall. Titi also enjoys creating content and has recently begun Salsa classes.
  Buki Bimbi-Philips
This is Buki Bimbi-Philips debut performance with the Tower Theatre Company. She began her acting career over 15 years ago, and has trained in a Method acting school. Buki has since worked on a number of short films and commercials. She is excited to continue pursuing her acting career in theatre and looks forward to performing in In Hiding.
Jeffery Kwateng-Acheampong
Jeffery Kwateng-Acheampong is an experienced actor, based in London. He specialises in TV, film and commercials. Jeffery is building his repertoire as a theatre actor and model.
  Stella Betton
Originating from South East London, Stella Betton's musical experience has been vast and varied over the years. A singer/songwriter, she has also been a member of well-known gospel choirs and has provided backing vocals for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Max Stone (X Factor) and Fleur East (X Factor). She earned a Bachelor of Music Honours Degree in Popular Music Performance and Production from the London College of Creative Media (LCCM), trained at Identity School of Acting, and attended acting and performance workshops led by Angie Lemar. Stella has performed in theatre with appearances in Dick Whittington at the Sevenoaks Theatre, Tis The Season at the Etcetera Theatre, and she was seen as the lead character Sandra Johnson in the web series Hidden Secrets. In musical theatre she has played Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act (Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford) and Lead Player in the revised version of a musical theatre classic Pippin.
Chidi Okeke
Chidi Okeke is a versatile actor from Nigeria with over 15 years of experience in theatre, television and film. He just recently relocated to the UK on a Global Talent Visa in arts and culture endorsed by the UK arts council because of his outstanding works over the years with top directors and production companies for mainstream television, quality straight-to-DVD films plus experience in theatre production across the African continent. He's a multi-discipline actor with skills in dancing, singing and playing the guitar, and also a face model who's got strong elocution skills for quality communication and narration, and exceptional reading comprehension and memorisation. Chidi has a creative mindset for thinking outside the box and is always willing to learn more.
  Xara Chisano
Xara Chisano graduated from the University of Northampton in 2018 in BA Acting. She has studied at Stagecoach Performing Arts School and Identity Theatre Arts School. Since graduating, Xara has starred in multiple plays and short films, her most recent credit being Everything Feels Like Water which was a short film devised for Channel 4’s Random Acts. Xara also works as a performing arts teacher, teaching singing, drama and dance to young performers aged 3-6.
Shane Afolabi
Shane Afolabi is a London-based actor trained in theatre and film. He was recently seen in Message in a Clay River at the Camden Fringe, Present Black Fathers at the Omnibus Theatre and in the short film Jellyfish and Lobster.
  Kemi Kentebe
Kemi Kentebe is a trained actor with over 5 years of experience. Most recently she could be found playing Celeste in Mask of The Devil. She has also performed in Arrogant Soft at Blue Elephant Theatre. Shei graduated from City & Islington College with a diploma in performing arts and then went on to study Business Management at Middlesex University. She' appeared in the feature films The Hi Miss, All Case Scenarios, Quentin Quarantine and Mask of The Devil. Kemi is passionate about Mental Health and has released a documentary which can be seen on YouTube. She also writes and will be releasing her first short film this summer. She hopes to continue growing in her craft and have a positive influence on her audience.
Emefa Owusu-Cole
Emefa Owusu-Cole is excited to be a part of the In Hiding production team as the story line is very close to her heart. Her other credits include two theatre productions - a musical called Walking Blind in which she played Aunty Janice and a play called Crazy Bear in which she played Lady Capulet. Emefa is currently filming The Richest Man in Babylon, playing a neurosurgeon. Outside acting, she is a trained psychotherapist, which I find goes hand in hand with performing arts
  Kanayo Omo
Kanayo Omo is an award-winning director on stage, film and on television. A highly creative and versatile professional with extensive experience in digital media. He was for many years the Artistic director of Oriki Theater based in Mountain View, California and Co-founder of the international black film festival of Nashville. He is the Executive Director of Blackwing Productions; a media production company delivering production services from concept till final print which started in California (USA) now with its base in the UK and Nigeria. A graduate of the University of Benin, Nigeria and a winner of several awards, his career has taken him across Africa, United States and Europe on a wide variety of successful creative projects. From working in front of the camera and writing musical scores for films like Stephen Spielberg’s Amistad to directing one of the biggest stage musicals in Africa; Kakadu, the Musical to producing and filming a 4-part documentary for a United Nations project in Journey to Durban, Kanayo’s artistic vision has spoken loudly and left a positive mark on his projects as Producer, Director and Cinematographer. Kanayo served on the advisory board of the Fisk University International Race Relations Institute. He is a member of AFTRA & SAG (US) and lives in the UK where he runs a Film and TV training Program (Roll-Camera-Action workshops) for Independent Filmmakers. His passion for creatives as mediums of positive change brings him to the Tower as director of In Hiding.