Urielle Klein-Mekongo (Theatre-Makers, 2021)Urielle Klein-Mekongo - Yvette, at Bush Theatre

Urielle Klein-Mekongo

Shortlisted in 2021 for Theatre-Makers

Urielle Klein-Mekongo is a writer, actress, singer and playwright from North West London. Her solo show Yvette premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 where it received 5-star reviews, and has since toured the UK. Yvette is an autobiographical, one-woman show that tells a powerful and moving story of surviving sexual abuse, fusing spoken word, original music and exceptional character performances to tell a story of survival, teenage angst and a stolen childhood.

Klein-Mekongo then went on to create Black Power Desk, a new musical which uses an original score of rap, reggae, soul and R&B to shine a light on a rarely explored part of Black British History through the stories of two sisters heading in different directions. Set in 1970s Notting Hill, the play follows the sisters as they navigate the threat of The Black Power Desk, a secret police unit designed to destroy black activism.

Urielle Klein-Mekongo is a resident artist at the Roundhouse and in 2018 became a member of the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group and was named one of the Old Vic 12. She has also worked with the Soho Writer’s group and BBC Writers London Voices. Other work in development includes The Decameron Project (a Stratford Circus, LikeMinds Amsterdam & The Albany co-production) and TV pilot Adulting (Shiny Button Productions).