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Hummingbird: Rehearsed Reading

“Belonging? It’s a longing to be… right? Just be.

Ella dreams of homecoming, Lloyd yearns for his beloved and their children confront their vulnerabilities.

When Ella’s world is torn apart by the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ policy, her loved and lost ones attempt to piece it back together.

Hummingbird is a thought-provoking and poignant new play, exploring the ways in which belonging is found in unfamiliar homes. Hummingbird touches on the complexity of British identity and the way migrant communities find a place within them.

Hummingbird is part of the Elephantology Festival 2023 at Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell.

Ilayda McIntosh (she/her) – Writer / Director / Producer
Sohaila Ferrier (she/her) – Assistant Director

Nakeba Buchanan (she/her)
Nakeba is a versatile actress with depth. Her past credits include: Dead Man Running, Universal Shakespeare workout (Shakespeare Globe) and many more.

Tony Mcpherson (he/him)
Tony’s first major role was in Grange Hill where he played Woody Woods, followed by a number of credits including Life and Social Skills, Water Front Gang, Survival int he Hood, The Watcher Self, McMafia, Ten Percent and more. Theatre credits include Park benches (Birmingham Rep), Where Will We Live (Southwark Playhouse), Sankara (Cockpit Theatre), Route at the (Tristan Bates Theatre) and more.

Luanda Yasmin (they/them)
Luanda Yasmin is an actor and creative residing in East London. They aim to collaborate on projects that hold personal meaning such as Hummingbird. Most recently, Luanda performed as Nia in the play Esther by award winning writer Lorna French. Luanda’s TV credits include playing Tanya Kemper in BBC’s Doctors and their training includes the National Youth Theatre and the Birmingham REP’s Actors foundry lead by director Alex Zeldin.

Calvin Prince Kalinga (he/him)
Calvin Prince Kalinga is an actor currently training at Identity School of Acting. Calvin got into performance and story-telling to give audiences a feeling of escape he gets when attending the cinema and theatre. Whilst also using this platform to inspire, touch and educate as many people as possible.

KHASANTE (he/him)
KHASANTE is an Actor/ Creative Director/ Professional Gymnast/ Dancer, and Choreographer from South London – Peckham. He’s been in immersive shows on the West End (Supper Freak) and TV show (The Next Step) and is really passionate about producing theatre that allows voices that have been silenced / unheard to be brought to the forefront and vocalised.