Cast announced for Pandora's Box

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 20:00
Cast announced for Pandora's Box Cast announced for Pandora's Box

Cast announced for Ade Solanke's Pandora's Box

Theatre includes: Baby Girl, The Miracle, The President of an Empty Room (National Theatre); Funny Black Women on the Edge (Hackney Empire); The Weave, Badnuff, Every Coin (Soho Theatre); How Love is Spelt (Bush Theatre); Fallout, Escobar Estate, Breath Boom, Rough Road to Survival, Truth & Reconciliation (Royal Court Theatre); Beautiful Thing (Nottingham Playhouse); Mules (Clean Break Theatre); Generations of the Dead, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Young Vic); Local Boy (Hampstead); My Wonderful Day (Stephen Joseph Theatre and 59E59, Off Broadway). Television include: Eastenders, The Bill, The Last Detective, Jonathan Creek, Babyfather, Babyfather 2, Family Affairs. Film includes: Wondrous Oblivion, Betsy & Leonard, The Naked Poet. Radio includes: The Colour Purple, Romeo and Juliet, The Lamb Show, The English Civil War, Hackers, Madam Butterfly and the Stockwell Diva, Silence of the Stars, Tell Tales.

Ben has worked extensively in theatre and television in the UK. His most recent role was playing Barack Obama in Man in the Middle at theatre503 in February 2012. His theatre credits include: Julian Mitchell’s Family Business (Watford Palace); The Making of Moo (Orange Tree); High Life (Hampstead); Winter’s Tale, Pericles (RSC); Macbeth (Out of Joint); Best Man (Croydon Warehouse); Play without repeats (Orange Tree); Greenland, Emperor (Royal Court); Wedlock of the God (Jeanetta Cochrane Theatre); Waking Waterfall (TiatFahodzi). His television work includes: Law and Order UK, Coronation Street, Holby City, Doctors, After You’ve Gone, The Bill, London’s Burning (for 10 seasons) and Between the Lines. His film work includes: The Chain and Late Bloomers. Ben has been a stalwart of the BBC Radio Reparatory Company, with credits on countless classic series.He is regularly to be heard on Radio4’s Ladies No1 Detective Agency.

Damson Idris is studying Theatre and Film and Television Studies at Brunel University and training at Identity Drama School. He appeared in the University’s 2011 showcase Caucasian Chalk Circle (Antonin Artaud Theatre). He took part in a rehearsed reading of Pandora’s Box at Goldsmith’s College Pinter Centre in 2011. He also appeared in Edmund Kean Theatre’s production of A Raisin in the Sun and Hope for Haiti, a devised play, in 2010. Other appearances include: Crimewatchand Ashley Walters’ BBC series Jail Tales. Film roles include: Attack the Block, The Brothers and 51 Degrees, and lead roles in various short films such as Tick Tock and Hiding in the Light.

Olatunji Sotimirin is a Nigerian artist, actor, musician, entertainer, television, radio presenter and comedian. His experience in the entertainment industry cuts across stage, radio and screen, including lead roles in many productions. As a musician he created Konkere Band, popularising a genre of music, projectingNigerian culture through creativity in lyrical composition and innovative use of African percussive instruments. He studied at the University of Ibadan, where he obtained his Diploma, BA and Masters Degree in Theatre Arts. He is a lecturer in the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Drama at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Bradley studied at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Credits whilst studying include: Banquo in Macbeth, Les in East, Baygee in Elmina’s Kitchen, Paul Granger III in The Hot l Baltimore and Bad T in Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads. Bradley also performed in Our Town at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010. Pandora's Box is Bradley's professional stage debut.

Yetunde Oduwole trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Stella Adler New York, Goldsmiths College and City Lit. She has worked with TiataFahodzi, Talawa Theatre and performed in several stage readings at the Royal Court. Theatre credits include: Torn (Arcola); Adulto Orgasmo (The Lion and Union Theatre); Hackney Streets (Rosemary Branch); The Harlot, The Coronet, Under the Cranes and various short films. She also had a lead role in the BEFFTA award-winning TV show Meet the Adebanjos.

Susan trained at The State University of New York, Binghampton. Susan’s theatre appearances include Romeo and Juliet, Peer Gynt (National Theatre); The Beatification of Area Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse); To Kill a Mocking Bird, (Northbank Productions Tour); The Crucible, Medea (The Royal Exchange); Marching for Fausa (Royal Court Theatre); Flamingo (Gate Theatre); The Gods are Not to Blame (Talawa Theatre Company, UK Tour); Crimes of Passion (Nottingham Playhouse). International theatre roles include Mariya, in King Baabu, a play written and directed by Wole Soyinka, and first performed at the National Theatre, Lagos. Television appearances include: Thief takers, The Last Detective for ITV; Doctors, Casualty, Rapunzel for the BBC and Big Women for Channel 4. Film appearances include: The Edge (Granite Productions).

Anna-Maria trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts & Identity Studios. Theatre credits include: A Drop To Drink (National Theatre Studio/Soho Theatre); Mad Blud: A London Story (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Memory Play & House Boy (TiataFahodzi); Ugly (Redladder); Barabas-The Jew Of Malta (Hall For Cornwall); Fit For Purpose (Pleasance); Handa's Hen (Little Angel Theatre); Igloo Hullabaloo (Halfmoon Theatre), as well as performing at The National Theatre, Arcola, Riverside Studios & Tristan Bates Theatre. Film credits include: Deep State and Insurgency. Anna-Maria is due to make her television debut in Series 8 of BBC1’s Waterloo Road.

Pandora's Box by Ade Solanke

On holiday with her streetwise son in Lagos, a British-Nigerian mother is in turmoil. Should she leave her only child in a strict Lagos boarding school, or return him to the battlefields of inner London?

Directed by Ola Animashawun
9th – 26th May 2012 @ Arcola Tent, 020 7503 1646
Ticket prices - £14 (£10 concessions)
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