CAST ANNOUNCED FOR ADE SOLANKE’S AWARD-WINNING BRITISH-AFRICAN FAMILY DRAMA

Published: Friday, September 12, 2014 1:24 PM
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PANDORA’S BOX BY ADE SOLANKE
DIRECTED BY SHADE OLADITI
NATIONAL TOUR OPENS 12 SEPTEMBER 2014


Spora Stories is delighted to announce the cast for the forthcoming UK Tour of Pandora's Box. The cast includes TUNDE EUBA (BABA), CHINWE NWOKOLO (BEV), ANYEBE ANTEYI (TOPE), EDWARD KAGUTUZI (TIMI), YETUNDE ODUWOLE (SIS RONKE), ESTHER UWEJEYAH (TOYIN), AMOUR OWOLABI (PRINCIPAL OSUN) and TOMI OGUNJOBI (MAMA RONKE).


Following sell-out shows at Arcola Theatre, the acclaimed, award-winning British-African family drama, Pandora's Box, embarks on its long-awaited UK tour. Nominated for this year’s $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa's biggest literary award, and nominated for Best New Play, Off West End Theatre Awards, this moving tragicomedy about families, betrayal, choices and love is a must-see. This autumn offers the chance to catch this 'touching, hilarious' (The Stage) play that has been dazzling audiences with its 'enthralling, brilliant' (Public Reviews) story and performances. Pandora’s Box is generously funded by Arts Council England with additional funding from the Unity Theatre Trust.


You think England is hard? Compared to Nigeria? My dear, you haven’t seen anything yet!”


Summer break is ending. On holiday with her streetwise son in Nigeria, 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?


“What do you see out of that window? People right? Just people. Because there are no ‘Black’ people in Africa. Let him experience that for a change.”


A family spanning three generations and two continents meets in Lagos for the first time in over thirty years. But the joy of reunion also unleashes long-suppressed truths. An exuberant and thought-provoking mix of comedy, tragedy and family drama, Pandora’s Box reveals the heartbreak behind the difficult choices some parents must make – and the price their children pay.


TUNDE EUBA (BABA) is an actor/director/writer/facilitator who has enjoyed a long and varied career in theatre. Starting out as an actor, he later explored other “areas of artistic expression” and turned his hand to writing, directing and more recently, photography. After a ten year break from touring, Tunde is ‘back on the road again’, fittingly retrieving his role of Baba six years after his appearance in the very first reading of Pandora’s Box at the Almeida Theatre.


CHINWE NWOKOLO (BEV) is an actress from South London. She studied entertainment journalism but after playing a role in a short film at university, she turned to acting. After graduating, she enrolled at a weekend drama school where she began her career. Credits include: West 10 LDN (BBC Three). My Territory (Soho Theatre) The Gods Are Not To Blame (Young Vic theatre) and most recent House of Corrections (Riverside Studios).


ANYEBE ANTEYI (TOPE) has performed at Southwark Playhouse, Lost Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Mary Shelley Theatre. He has also had two successfully sold out tours with State of Play Theatre. He has also been a part of Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Young Artists Lab. Anyebe trained at Rose Bruford. Theatre credits include: G.I Joe In Dorset (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Super Skinny Bitches (Theatre Royal Stratford East) Family 2.0 (The Cockpit Theatre), Misidentity (Lost Theatre).


EDWARD KAGUTUZI (TIMI) trained at Identity Drama school, Theatre Studies A-Level. Credits include: Theatre - House of Corrections (Bola Agbaje), Covered (Daniel Bailey). Television - Law and Order UK (ITV), Brixton Hill Cop (Triple Threat Media), Mo Ali (Dubplate Drama, Channel 4). Film - The Mirror Boy (OH TV), Illegal Activity (Kingdom Vision Pictures). Awards - Best Young Actor (African Movie Academy Awards), Best Actor (BEFFTA).


YETUNDE ODUWOLE (SIS RONKE) trained at Central School of Speech and Drama, Stella Alder New York, Goldsmiths College and City Lit. She has worked with Tiata Fahodzi, Talawa Theatre, Royal Court Theatre. Credits include: Adulto Orgasmo (Lion 7 Unicorn Theatre), Torn (Arcola Theatre), The New Boss (Broadway Theatre), Hackney Streets (Rosemary Branch Theatre), The Harlot (Coronet Theatre), The Wedlock Of the Gods (Cochrane Theatre), Meet the Adebanjos (Hackney Empire, Catford Broadway Theatre and the OHTV television series), Pandora’s Box (Arcola Theatre) Youngers (E4) and various short films.


ESTHER UWEJEYAH (TOYIN) is a member of Fragments Theatre Company. She played Pontius Pilate in their recent adaptation of The Master and Margarita. Recently she played Nina in Satanic Panic in a successful run at the Drayton Arms Theatre. A Modern Drama Graduate (Brunel). Esther's work can also be found on screen having appeared as Sabrina in the popular web series Brothers with No Game and as Anne in the web series Redemptions End.


AMOUR OWOLABI (PRINCIPAL OSUN) trained at The Actors Centre, The Actors Lab and Identity Drama School. Amour is a BEFTA and LA-WEB award winner. Recent television and film includes: Dignity Of Difference (BBC), The MehmeFemi’s, Hunting For Hubbies; Silent Witness (BBC); Fall Out (Ch4); Sprint; GT Assure; Nigerian Heritage; Bouquet; Shooting Stars (BBC); All About The Mckenzies; Daarsat; Rayban; Unspoken series 1 & 2; Sainsbury’s; Displaced Diagetics; Shattered Hearts; MTV. Amour has been presenting a live TV show on BEN TV for the past three years.


TOMI OGUNJOBI (MAMA RONKE) is a graduate of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, specialising in acting, singing, dance and movement. Tomi has worked with Ola Rotimi, Femi Osofisan, Dapo Adelugba, Bayo Oduneye, Bassey Effiong, Ben Tomoloju, Chuck Mike and Rufus Norris. Recent credits include: Our Husband has Gone Mad Again by Ola Rotimi, Where the Devils Dwell by Rhiannon Tise, Royal Court Young People’s Theatre London and Muje-muje by Ben Tomoloju.


CREATIVES

ADE SOLANKE (PLAYWRIGHT) is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter and founder of Spora Stories. Her acclaimed play, Pandora's Box, was nominated for Best New Play in the Off West End Theatre Awards and is shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, 2014. Several of Ade’s scripts have been both quarter and semi-finalists in the US Academy's Nicholl Screenwriting Contest. Earlier in her career, she was voted 'London's Top Youth Entrepreneur' for her writing business. Her award-winning play, Pandora's Box, tours the UK in Sept/ Oct 2014.


SHADE OLADITI (DIRECTOR) recent work includes directing one-woman show In My Shoes at the Millfield Theatre; sitcom Meet the Adebanjos (adapted for the stage) at Catford Broadway and Hackney Empire; various roles on season two of Meet the Adebanjos including directing; directing Quincy’s Scrooge, a loose adaptation of Christmas Carol. Shade also works as a facilitator for Face Front Inclusive Theatre on their ‘Play in a Day’ programme for Year 7 pupils.


Info: Website: sporastories.com | Twitter: @sporastories / #PBox2014 | Facebook: facebook.com/SporaStories




LISTINGS INFORMATION:
PANDORA’S BOX NATIONAL TOUR


The Black-E, Liverpool
Fri 12 Sept, 7.30pm
www.theblack-e.co.uk | 0151 709 5109


The Lowry, Salford | studio
Sat 13 Sept, 8pm
www.thelowry.com | 0843 208 6000


Newcastle Arts Centre | Black Swan
Tues 16 Sept, 7.30pm
www.newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk


Bradford Theatres
Wed 17 Sept, 7.30pm
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk | 01274 432000


Seven Arts, Leeds
Thurs 18 Sept, 7.30pm
www.sevenleeds.co.uk | 0113 26 26 777


Sheffield Theatres | studio
Fri/Sat 19 Sept, 7.45pm / 20th Sept, 2.15pm and 7.45pm
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk | 0114 249 6000


The Drum, Birmingham
Wed 1 Oct, 7.30pm
www.the-drum.org.uk | 0121 333 2400/2444


Southampton Hub Theatre
Thu/Fri/ Sat 2/3/4 Oct, 7.30pm
www.southampton-city.ac.uk/hubtheatre | 023 8071 1818


Carnival Arts Centre, Luton
Thurs 9 Oct, 7.30pm
www.carnivalarts.org.uk | 01582 437 100


LONDON VENUES

Millfields Arts Centre
Wed 8 Oct, 7.45pm
www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk/ | 020 8807 6680


Broadway Theatre, Catford
Fri 10 Oct, 8pm
www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk | 020 8690 0002


Broadway Theatre, Barking
Thurs 23 Oct, 7.30pm
www.thebroadwaybarking.com | 020 8507 5610


Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Fri/Sat 24/25 Oct, 7.30pm
www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk | 020 8365 5450


CLF Art Café, Bussey Building
(with half-term family participation activities)

27 Oct – 1 Nov, 3pm
www.clfartcafe.org | 020 7732 5275


Hackney Downs Studios
(no performances; half-term family participation activities only)

27 Oct – 1 Nov
hackneydownsstudios.wordpress.com/ | 020 3095 9742




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