“She has a wonderful, easy way with an audience that gets them onside, not relying too much on laughs or audience interaction (both of which there’s plenty of)

Oscar Balfour, Plays to see

Actor and


Underbelly Untapped Award recipient 2017

Winner of the Rich Mix, Small Story Big City Award 2015

Apple of her Mother’s eye (since the 90s)


Yolanda Mercy is a London based Actor and Playwright. Currently Associate Artist at OvalHouse Theatre (previously resident at The Almeida Theatre and Roundhouse). She trained at the renowned Brit school, Laban and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Yolanda creates highly quality and entertaining work, which is inspired by the contemporary world that we inhabit. She has successfully toured the UK, and received positive responses from audiences. Her ★★★★ productions have been described as "relatable, funny and very honest". Comedy, spoken word, live music and audience participation are the key ingredients that make up her unforgettable shows.

Varied commissions and support include: Platonov Arts Festival (Russia), Arts Council England,The British Council, 02 Think Big, Soho Theatre, Rich Mix, Wandsworth Council, Talawa, Lyric Hammersmith, SE1 United, OvalHouse Theatre, Tamasha, The Migration Museum, Arc Stockton and Ideas Tap.

Yolanda's attributtes allow her to mentor and coach through her pioneering project Development Lab, private bookings, panel discussions and workshops.