RARE  RISINGSTARS 2013 The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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No. 8


Adam Tulloch

BA History
School of Oriental and African Studies
Arts and Social Enterprise
Adam Tulloch

A gifted playwright, actor and director, Adam has used his considerable talents in the arts to give back to his community and to bring about social change.

"I am extremely passionate about the arts, education and equality in all its forms and this comes across strongly in the plays I write."

At the age of 19, Adam received the Brit School Student of the Year Award for producing and performing in a range of educational plays which toured local secondary schools in the Croydon area. Adam participated in a project called ‘Blend’, which involved mentoring a group of younger students and directing a play with them starring in it, and wrote and performed ‘The Gun’, a deeply moving, one‑man play about gun violence which Adam performed at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and a number of national and multinational conferences.

"As someone who was mentored, I’m also very passionate about serving as a role model for young people and giving back to the community whether this is through mentoring schemes or giving them the opportunity to take part in workshops or productions that I produce."

Later that year, he formed the Total Insight Theatre Company, where he writes, directs and produces plays. Their first production ‘Through the Wire’, set in Swaziland and raising awareness of AIDS, rape and human rights abuses, had sell‑out previews in the Old Red Lion Theatre, was performed at the TED talks and will also be touring the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this year.

Adam’s burgeoning reputation has also created opportunities to work with the Yesterday Channel on their documentary ‘The Black Battalions’ and Talawa Theatre Company’s ‘I am England’.

In amongst all his other commitments, Adam still finds time to volunteer as a lead tutor with Action Tutoring, helping students at an Academy in Islington to gain at least a grade C in English. Adam is also a volunteer for the George Padmore Institute, where he catalogues and documents historical material and suggests new events or projects for the organisation to undertake. Adam is currently working on a Sickle Cell Awareness project, which he hopes will tour London schools in September.

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