Featuring movement and a club soundtrack Trying To Find Me is a semi- autobiographical show about the shame of pain. The show exposes the secret, heart-breaking and wonderfully honest and funny world of Ann — a black woman in her early 30s looking for love and in many ways, trying to heal.
It incorporates BSL, creative captioning, visual sound technology and audio description, utilising a variety of communication styles woven into the narrative and movement fabric of the pieceBook Now
As an actress I am currently filming JK Rowling's The Strikes Series 2 (BBC1/HBO) as well as appearing in series 1, Michaela Coel's January 22nd (BBC2) and Brave New World (Amblin/Dreamworks). I also recently wrapped filming on BBC2 drama, Trigonometry, written by Duncan McMillan and Effie Woods. Previous credits include Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Channel 4/Sony), The Unforgotten (ITV), The Javone Prince Show (BBC 2) and Humans (Channel 4).
I am extremely passionate about creative accessibility within theatre and pushing the boundaries of how we create work for all audience members. I am also currently movement director for Deafinitely Theatre and working with NYT as a writer and director creating shows for an audience inclusive of deaf and visually impaired audience members.
I am an Actress, Artistic Director, Producer, Writer, Director and Movement Director. I set up Harts Theatre Company in 2013 to develop creative opportunities for young people. Through Harts I produce two annual festivals, Young Harts Writing Festival in collaboration with the Bush Theatre nurturing emerging theatre and screenwriters, and Sound of Mind, an audio and visual arts mental wellbeing festival.
Previous to this I was Artistic Director of award winning Vintage Star Productions from 2010-2013 and ran the Young Harts drama school from 2013- 2018.
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"Individual voices that stood out... Ann Akin's solo show trying to find me"
Alex Wood Whats On Stage Latitude Festival review:
“trying to find me, with its use of music, movement, spoken word and sign language is must-see storytelling from an exciting theatre maker”. Michael Buffong, Talawa Theatre
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