Tolu Agbelusi addresses difficult themes with a subtle empathy that makes audiences identify with the characters in her stories. Known for simplicity and incredible depth, Tolu is a Nigerian British, poet, playwright, facilitator and lawyer, with strong story telling skills.
Tolu has featured on many stages in the UK. Notably in 2015, she wrote and performed a bespoke one woman play entitled ‘Cherry Tree House’ as part of Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Home Theatre UK season; was commissioned by the IWM to write and perform poetry inspired by their Peter Kennard exhibition; and by Pathways in collaboration with Frontera to write a poem inspired by the life of one of the homeless participants on the ‘Stories of Rebirth’ project which was curated at the Geffrye Museum of Home where the poem was exhibited. Tolu also performed as one of 10 migrant and refugee poets under the banner ‘Bards without Borders’ who will be touring the UK in 2016. Her poem ‘Seeking Sense’ written as part of her latest collaborative project ‘Home Is’, was published in American anthology After Ferguson, In Solidarity.
The quality of her work has prompted invitations from charities and schools to facilitate workshops where she has demonstrated ability to make people engage with, discuss and tell their stories.
Tolu has just curated and produced the acclaimed multi-arts multimedia project Home Is exploring the impact of displacement on people’s concepts of home through interviews, poetry and diverse visual arts.