Meet the Cast of Selected Recordings of Us!
We’re so excited to be finally announcing the cast of our upcoming production of Selected Recordings of Us. Back in February we received an overwhelming number of audition tapes and, after a long decision process, we are so excited to share that Naomi Denny and Kalifa Taylor will be joining our team. In our two-hander, Kalifa and Naomi play two characters who learn that, for queer individuals, the project of remembering is at once personal and political. Scroll down to meet our actors!
Kalifa Taylor, born in London, is a Drama and Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Birmingham. During her time at university, she took part in over 10 student productions: highlights including Liz Morden in ‘Our Country’s Good’, Ophelia in ‘Hamlet’ (performed at The Crescent Theatre), and Sarah Churchill in ‘Queen Anne’ (directed by Jane Moriarty from RSC). Taylor has achieved 5 LAMDA Performance Certificates and has taken part in various poetry and public speaking competitions, culminating with being featured on BBC Radio 4 as a poetry reciter for the 2015 Poetry Please Competition. In November 2019, she took part in an R&D with Script Accelerate at Park Theatre, playing Young Silvi in ‘Invisible Silvi’ (Paula David). She also played the role of Sterling in Quick Duck Theatre’s ‘Magic Hour’, which later was invited to perform at the National Student Drama Festival. Kalifa will be featured in Look Who’s All Grown Up at The Space theatre in June.
We asked Kalifa what excites her the most about working with Undone Theatre:
I am full of anticipation to be working with a new theatre company focused on subverting traditional types of storytelling with plots that match their form. The scrutinisation of conventional performance has always been important to me as a Black-British performer and I am excited to work with a company that prizes diverse narratives.
You can find Kalifa on Spotlight, Instagram and Twitter @kalifataylor
Naomi is an actor and writer. She graduated from Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company, where she was awarded the Stage Scholarship 2017. She will next be seen in the cast of Misnomer, a short film due to be released 2021. Her most recent stage performance was ‘Paper Straws’ at London’s VAULT festival 2020 (VAULT’s Origins Award week 4). Theatre credits include: Fifty/Fifty (The Space), FriEND (Cockpit Theatre), and The Collectors of Screams (The Pleasance). Television and film credits include Looking For Grace, Still Not Getting It, and Currys Christmas Advert 2020. Training also includes RADA and National Youth Theatre. Naomi’s first play, 'Essentially Black' was a part of Pleasance Theatre's LABS programme, and will be performed at Camden Fringe 2021.
We asked Naomi what excites her the most about working with Undone Theatre:
I am looking forward to finally getting in a rehearsal room with other humans! And working with such amazing creatives on this brilliant project. Moving, playing, learning, doing what we do best, in other words!
You can find Naomi on Twitter @NaomiDenny and Instagram @naomidenny1