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L U D A L A  R&D

love blackness joy

LUDALA's initial stages came as a conceptual idea

celebrating, exploring and exuding

“Black love” and “Black joy”

through text/poetry, fabrics, music and physical theatre

Form. Mind. Spirit. Energy.

Elements colliding through living art.



Sunday's Best 
A ṣọ ebi 
The cookout 


"Black love is celebrating history, heritage and being proud of

who you are in a world where we're constantly told 

we aren't worthy or are less than"

- Bola Agbaje

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Supported by Albany & Tamasha Theatre

"ludala" means "joy"/"happiness"  in the Yakurr dialect of Cross River State, Nigeria


Following many postponements due to COVID restrictions, in the middle of December we embarked upon the first stages of our research and development following a zoom discussion on Black Joy & Black Love that gave us some of the pillars within those two overarching themes.


Pàje Campbell • Shinice Davidson • Jasmeen James • Kel Matsena • Jeremiah Olusola • Luke Wilson

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The Sugar Shack by Ernie Barnes



As you'll see in the videos talking to our performers, this weekend amplified for us all how joy is an integral part of Black culture - a culture in of itself.

Something there's so much of, and so many different forms of, that we often forget we have access to due to the everyday and long withstanding

traumas we battle.

Not just laughter, but how we laugh; full body rolling and fleeing from the scene as we proclaim we're "done", "finished" or "dead"

Secret shading conversations that require only dexterity in our eyes and eye brows

From FOOD to CHURCH, #BlackJoy is always just a nostalgic track away



Largely framed by a history of systematic and continued division, our journey into #BlackLove and its lack of representation brought us to the need for healing in our culture: generationally, romantically

and what may be the most important - a love of self

The comfortability, understanding, the regal kinship; loving yourself first, you embrace the same parts of you shared with your kin - from crowns of coils, kinks and curls atop every shade of melanin; to honouring and empathising the sacrifices of those that came before us


Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Family; our love is joy. LUDALA explores joy tumbling over through the commemoration of blackness