Tayo first discovered theatre in London at the Royal Court’s Activists Youth Theatre. At 18 , he went to Manchester to work on the stage crew at the Royal Exchange Theatre for a season. After a few years spent playing in bands, Manchester Youth Theatre asked him to write some music for their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Since then, he has been a composer and Musical Director for theatre, film, TV, radio, circus and community projects for companies such as: The National Theatre, The Generating Company, OCT East Shenzen, Almeida Theatre, Littlebigman Films, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Miami Gablestage, New York Public Theater, M6, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Specsavers, Spirit of the Union UAE 40th Birthday celebrations in Abu Dhabi.
Recent work includes: Junkyard (Headlong Theatre Company); Dick Whittington (Theatr Clwyd); Sonnet Sunday, Henry IV pt 1, pt2 and Henry V (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre); Sylvia South the Word Catcher (Spark Arts); Pulse (Bamboozle); Blanche and Butch (Birds of Paradise); Snow White (The Wrong Crowd), Glory (Red Ladder/Dukes Lancanster); Bouncers (The Royal Court Liverpool); and The Ugly Duckling (Tutti Frutti/York Theatre Royal and on tour to Hong Kong and Singapore).
TAYO AKINBODE AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND: