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Who We Are


As a non-hierarchical organisation, Phakama is co-led by a Creative Director and a Creative Producer who deliver the artistic aims and direction of Phakama together.

Bibi Francis

Creative Producer


I have been working in the arts sector for the past 10 years, during this time I have developed a passion and drive for making arts and culture accessible to all. Having worked as an actor, producer and facilitator, my specialism is in participatory and process-driven work and I am interested in hearing, telling and sharing stories, working with Applied Theatre techniques that give participants a voice to take ownership over projects I manage or deliver. Alongside my work at Phakama, I am a founding and active member of Pregnant Fish Theatre, a company that specialises in small-scale, intimate productions for ‘pocket money prices’. I have worked on and performed in a number of shows with Pregnant Fish, touring across the UK with intimate and authentic theatre for adults and immersive and adaptive theatre for children.

Sarah Sayeed

Creative Director

Theatre has always been a huge part of my life, from my early days as an MC and singer to my more recent years as a  Writer, Composer and Musical Director. The industry has offered me a platform to create and express, and in each opportunity I was able to evolve as an artist. At Phakama, we want to offer a wide range of artistic and creative opportunities and to allow our artists and young people to explore new ideas and take risks. In addition to my role at Phakama, I continue to write and create music and sound design for theatre companies and touring shows to include Graeae Theatre, Tamasha and Theatre Royal Plymouth. I am also Artistic Director of Sufi in the City, and sit on the Music Writers Section for the Musician’s Union.  

Associate Artists
A woman sat on a chair looking to the side, a young man sat on another chair next to her. The room is dark but there are lamps on.
Kate Beales
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Jake Boston
A black and white headshot of a man looking to camera
Charlie Folorunsho
A lady is looking down, she has a colourful headband on and is drawing. Behind her there are pictures hung on the wall.
Sophie Herxheimer
A close-up of a man looking to camera, behind him is a picture of some writing on the wall.
Mike Knowlden
A close-up of a lady with glasses smiling at the camera, she is wearing a bright pink coat.
Sabrina Smith-Noble

Phakama is supported by a talented and dedicated team of Associate Artists who collaborate and deliver with us. They bring with them a range of fantastic, creative skills that bring to life our projects and ethos. 

A man with glasses on, his hands are up as he explains something
Paul Brett
A black and white photo of two clown toys in the foreground, in the back ground the side profile of a woman staring out to the side
Caroline Gervay
A lady looks to the camera, behind her the are warped mirrors reflecting shapes and colours
Caroline Jones
Hayley Konadu
Tom Drayton
A black and white photo of a man looking to camera, he is stood outside, there are trees and bushes behind him

Nurull Islam

Connal Kelleher
A headshot of a woman looking direclty at the camera.
Hussina Raja
Hussina Raja
A man is walking and smiling towards the camera, he is in the middle distance and the room behind is bright.
Ellis Lewis-Dragstra

Charity number: 1141116

Company number: 07501468

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