Housemates Returns: Is Dat U Yh?

17 April-27 April

Tolu and the “Back Of the Bus Queens” relive and rediscover their love of home, in this joyous and whacky adventure down memory lane. Surreal memories, short stories, and nonsense!

Brixton House & Initiative.dkf present


Written and directed by dkfash (previously part of Housemates Festival 2023)

‘bold, challenging, and above all, truly embraced’
All That Dazzles

‘leaves the audience laughing, cheering, screaming in delight, and maybe tearing up just a little bit’
A Young(ish) Perspective

‘This is a love letter to the naughties, South London, and Black-British culture’
Jacob Antigha for Medium

‘an essential show for our time’
The Upcoming

Tamagotchi’s, Pokemon and alien babies.

“a time where laughter was free and nonsense was all we knew”

It’s when you couldn’t be on the phone and the internet at the same time
It’s where you learned insults were a love language
It’s when spittin battles at lunchtime could get you happy-slapped

Tolu and the “Back Of the Bus Queens” relive and rediscover their love of home, in this joyous and whacky adventure down memory lane. Surreal memories, short stories, and nonsense!

Theatre. Dance. Lyricism & school daze nostalgia!


Trailer by Cordell Johnson (Weworking)

Press Night Reviews

Video review made by Cordell Johnson (Weworking)

Meet the Back of the Bus Queens

Illustration by Ali “Komikamo” Kamara

Production Photos

Photo © Ali Wright

Creative Team

Director & Movement dkfash

Written by dkfash

Set & Costume Designer Roisin Jenner

Costume Assistant Anne Maria Nystad

Sound Designer Xana

Original Sound Designer Melo Zed

Lighting Designer Jahmiko Marshall

Assistant Director Tamara Josephine

Rehearsal Stage Manager Tamasin Cook

Stage Manager Chloe Astleford

Slang Song Sir Loui 

Scenic Painter Jaida Salmon

Set Illustration Wofai

Set Fabricator Rusty Nutt Metalworks

Executive Producer for Initiative.dkf Wofai

Dance Captain Rachael Ridley


Adeola Yemitan as Debz

Adeola’s theatre credits include Is Dat U Yh? at Brixton House, Much Ado About Nothing (RSC), The Caucasian Chalk Theatre (The Rose Theatre), the role of Antigone in Antigone (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Ordinary Miracle, Animal Farm and Othello (National Youth Theatre).

Antonia Layiwola as Tolu

Antonia is a British actress from South London who trained at De Montfort University. Her theatre credits include The Pursuit of Joy (Jermyn Street Theatre); Is Dat U Yh? (Brixton House and GDIF); the role of Omolade in Silkworm (Edinburgh Fringe); Protests, Hymns and Caskets (Belgrade Theatre); Fragments of a Complicated Mind (Theatre 503); Love Thy Fro (Theatre Peckham); Teleportation (Bunker Theatre) and Ilé La Wà (UK Tour).

Screen includes the role of Dolapo in upcoming feature Dreamers and short film Bone (both directed by Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor) and Date Prep (dir. Ashley Panton).

Rachael Ridley as Reena

Rachael Ridley’s first encounter with performance was at 4 years old, during her first ballet lesson in a small church hall. Her passion grew and she’s avidly continued  dancing, singing and acting since. She’s worked with Afrobeats phenome Rema (BRITS 2024); Wayne McGregor (RESET Programme); songstress Amia Brave; FairWeather Productions; Manchester Met U; starred as principal dancer in several ballet short films and was Dance & Movement Director on Reaching Higher.

Zakiyyah Deen as Tia

Zakiyyah is an actor and writer born and bred in London. She worked with academy award winning director Steve McQueen on his anthology series Small Axe and also played a series regular role in BBC Three Series Enterprice created by Kayode Ewumi.  Zakiyyah will soon be seen in the lead role in the Netflix-funded short The Journey of Self, a short that unpacks the “seasons of therapy.” On the writing side, Zakiyyah was Theatre Deli’s Classic Residency Artist in 2022 and Tara Theatre’s Constellations Artist in 2023. She is currently early stages of development with her debut full length play, Why a Black Woman Will Never Be Prime Minister.

No performances currently available.