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4-5 August 2023


imaginary natural beings

Tigers Not Daughters, part of Camden Fringe Festival 2023

Incisive, thought provoking and brilliantly comic new play by ‘hotly tipped newcomer’ writer, Mojola Akinyemi.

‘imaginary natural beings’ is a journey of self-exploration through an indifferent world. The Girl becomes a woman, The Boy becomes a man, and they both shape each other’s lives – or at least, that is how it is supposed to work. Within a fluid, deconstructed theatre space, the boundaries of character and actor become blurred. In a work inspired by contemporary poetry and absurdist theatre, ‘imaginary natural beings’ explores the nature of Blackness, womanhood, and coming-of-age in modern Britain.


The Girl, our Girl, is not alright. But she is trying to be. Let’s see as she does.


Named as one of the 'Top 5 Shows to watch in January' (Black in Britain) and 'Experimental yet entertaining' **** (The Reviews Hub).


Part of Camden Fringe Festival 2023.


Tigers Not Daughters was founded in 2022 by writer Mojola Akinyemi, director Issy Snape and producer Maddy Chisholm-Scott.


Mojola Akinyemi is a writer and director for stage and screen. Her debut play, ‘Great Mother - Iya Ayaba’ was long listed for the Mustapha Matura Award in 2021, and the Bruntwood Playwriting Competition in 2022. It ran successfully in Cambridge and in Curve Theatre, Leicester for the National Student Drama Festival in 2022. She was a member of the Royal Court Introductory Writer’s Programme for Autumn 2022, and is a current member of the Old Vic Theatremakers Programme for 2022/2023. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in English. In her time there, she wrote and directed the short film ‘Ferret’, which won the Other Brother Film Fund, and premiered in June 2022. She is an alumni of the 2021 BFI x BAFTA Mentorship Program and a current mentee of the BFI x Lux Artists Programme. 'imaginary natural beings' is her second full-length play, and had a sold-out rehearsed reading for ‘A Pinch’ of VAULT in July 2022.


Estimated running time

90 minutes

Performance times


Ticket prices

£15. £10


Full-time students, those aged under 16, senior citizens, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU


Theatro Technis is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is a Loop system fitted in the main auditorium. If you have any questions or specific requests, please email

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