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Spending her life between Australia and England, Iolanthe’s artistry is impacted by her understanding of different cultures and creative works. She is a biracial woman of Afro-Caribbean, British and Norwegian background.
Iolanthe’s introduction to performance was through movement and dance, from replicating Rihanna’s music videos in the living room, to joining ‘Shift’ Contemporary Dance Company at The Place, London. Feeling that her love of storytelling mustn’t be confined to the body, she honed her writing skills and was published as a Foyle’s Young Poet in early adolescence. In a blur of LAMDA exams, watching West End productions and full time secondary performing arts education, she soon embraced a vision: acting.
In addition to NIDA productions, she appeared in graduating Director’s shows and in Triple J Unearthed music videos. In late 2021 Iolanthe was cast as Kara in Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s touring production of ‘Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner’. In 2022 she co-headlined the Sydney (Eternity Playhouse) and Brisbane (LaBoite) shows and is set to perform at Malthouse in January 2023.
As a 2022 NIDA graduate, Iolanthe is keen to develop her own writing and work, and further explore the mediums of stage and screen, with a push for increased representation of the Black diaspora.