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Community Workout: Find Your Voice
July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BSTPWYW
This month we will be replacing our Comedy Workout with the Community Workout: Find Your Voice Part II
It’s hard enough to make your voice heard as a woman but add culture, ethnicity, ability, age and sexuality into the mix and we’ve got a complex landscape to overcome. We will be discussing this with some incredible women from comedy and activism who will talk about their experiences to find their voices and explore strategies help you to find yours.
Sajeela Kershi is a multi-award winning comedian, compere, writer, actor and activist. She has performed across the UK and internationally. She has contributed and writes for various BBC Radio stations, has appeared on Comedy Central, ITV’s Comedy Cuts and BBC Asian Network comedy on demand. Sajeela was voted Huffington Post’s top funny women to follow on twitter and has been described by the Times as ‘Smart, funny, with a mischievous glint.’ Themes of Feminism, culture, race, religion, identity are the cornerstones of her work for which she has won numerous awards and accolades including the AWA Asian Women of Achievement Award (Arts and Culture), Argos Award for artistic excellence and ITV’s Asian Media award finalist.
Athena Kugblenu is a BBC New Comedy Award Finalist, a member of theBBC Comedy Room 2019/20 and was awarded the BBC Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME up-and-coming comedy writers in 2020. She has written for Radio 4’s News Quiz, The Now Show, Newsjack and is a lead writer for multi cultural sketch show Sketchtopia. She’s supported Daliso Chaponda, Nish Kumar and Fern Brady on tour. A regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist, she makes appearances on Radio 4 staples such as Comedy Club, Museum of Curiosity, Loose Ends and Arts Club. She’s also a regular writer and panelist on BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News. She’s the host ofnew podcast Keeping Athena Company, interviewing interesting people whilst eating fried plantain. It’s a great excuse for her to eat fried plantain for work.
Sereena Abbasi is an Independent Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Consultant, Activist, Public Speaker and Writer. She is a former Artist, the former Worldwide Head of Culture & Inclusion at M&C Saatchi Group and the Founder of All Here: a social enterprise that connected individuals, brands and agencies; supporting them to think more critically about the world and the work that they create. Sereena was one of the few Diversity& Inclusion experts advising the U.K. Advertising & Media Industry Diversity Taskforce and the IPA’s Leadership Talent Group.This year she was listed as one of the most influential D&I Leaders by Hive Learning, as well as being nominated by the Ethnicity Awards as a top ten workplace hero.
Sikisa Bostwick-Barnes is a Barbadian citizen from South London. Sikisa delights crowds with her fearless and vivacious personality and on-stage presence. She won the public’s vote in the 2017 BBC New Comedy Award competition, for which she was a finalist.Since then she has filmed for BBC Three,Comedy Central and is developing a number of projects for TV and radio. She will guest on James Acaster’s new podcast series on Radio 1. Outside of TV and radio, Sikisa is quickly becoming a hot favourite on the UK comedy circuit, regularly performing and hosting at nights such as Angel Comedy Club, Top Secret Comedy Club and The Boat Show.
For this workout we have partnered with Fawcett, a charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights in the UK.