About Moyo Akandé
Moyo Akandé grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. She began her Youth Theatre training at The Musical Theatre Course at The Dance School of Scotland and furthered her training at Arts Educational Schools, London graduating with a BA Honors degree.
Her previous work at The National Theatre of Scotland includes Interference, Wallace and Peter Pan. Other theatre work includes: The Special Relationship (Soho Theatre); The Two Noble Kinsmen (Shakespeare’s Globe); Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible); Only the Brave (Wales Millennium Centre/Soho Theatre); Skins and Hoods (Edinburgh International Festival); The Witches, Sunshine on Leith (Dundee Rep); White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Macbeth, The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Watermill Theatre); Sleeping Beauty, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep) and The Wizard of Oz (Royal Festival Hall). TV work includes: Back, The Demon Headmaster, Guilt, Still Game, The Cry, Vera, Only an Excuse, The Rebel, Porridge, Bob Servant Independent, Lip Service and Taggart.
Film work includes: Zebra Girl, Make Me Up, The Hurricane Heist and 1745: An Untold Story of Slavery.
Moyo’s debut short film she co-created, 1745 was commissioned by SFTN (The Scottish Film Talent Network), Creative Scotland and the BFI (British Film Institute). 1745 won the Best Short Film Award at The AFRIFF (African International Film Festival) 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria. It was also nominated for the Best Short Film Award at the BIFAs (The British Independent Film Awards), London 2017 and BAFTA Scotland 2017.
She was awarded a Short-Term fellowship at The Folger Shakespeare Library for the academic year 2019-20 in Washington DC, USA in support of the project, “1745: A Full Length Feature Film.” Moyo was recently a member of the Film Jury at The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019