Joan Iyiola is an actress who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, NYT, Old Vic New Voices and Cambridge University, where she read law. Her credits include working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Complicite and The Old Vic. This summer she will be playing Pauline Lumumba opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor in ‘A Season in The Congo’ at the Young Vic by BAFTA Award winning director Joe Wright. Joan is also the co-founder of The Mono Box, a not-for-profit company which hosts donated plays by UK’s leading actors, directors and playwrights and support actors at the early stages of their career. Joan recently took part in London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre, as one of 40 female performers reading Sylvia Plath’s Ariel on the Royal Festival Hall stage.
2 Minute Interview:
How does your workshop at NOW Festival relate to being in the moment?
My workshop at NOW festival looks into finding ways to be in the moment whilst dealing with a number of different elements.
What are you most looking forward to doing within your NOW Festival slot?
I am most looking forward to sharing my own discoveries with a group of people in a intimate setting that is within a festival
Do you have any tips on how the audience can best benefit from your workshop at NOW Festival?
The best way of engaging with my workshop at NOW festival is quite simply to come with a willingness to explore and an open mind.
At NOW Festival (Wilderness):
As an actor the phrase ‘to be in the moment’ is a common one, but what does it really mean? And how does one achieve this on a daily basis? Joan Iyiola’s workshop at NOW Festival will explore the routes and possibilities to achieve clarity in thought as a performer and how this can be translated to the world outside of a rehearsal room. Exploring language with the voice and the body this workshop is open to anyone who wishes to discover a new aspect of spirituality.
[Photograph by Wolf Marloh]