Clinton Elvis joins the Cast of Afrobeats Musical OLIVA TWEEST
Following the announcement that award-winning actor, comedian and media personality Eddie Kadi will reprise his role as "Baba Host" in the forthcoming UK tour of Oliva Tweest, the hotly anticipated Afrobeats musical has now announced two up-and-coming stars to complete the show's core cast.
Replacing the previously announced Luke Wilson as London hustler, club promoter and gyalis (ladies' man) Tobi will be Clinton Elvis. An East London actor and musician of Ugandan heritage, Elvis rose to prominence thanks to his appearance in Gary Barlow's BBC One talent show Let It Shine, where he reached the semi-finals with his band Iron Son.
Joining him in the roles of both Testimony and Joanna will be Latisha Antoine - an alumnus of the prestigious Anna Fiorentia Theatre and Film School. As well as starring in BBC Three drama Excluded, she has performed with Leona Lewis at the Royal Albert Hall and as part of BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend Festival. Her theatre credits include Dick Whittington And His Cat at both the Hackney Empire and Broadway Theatre, and Eternal Ages at Shaw Theatre.
By casting these dynamic young performers in leading roles, the company continues its commitment to supporting fresh talent, paving the way for a new generation of British actors.
Created, produced and directed by radio presenter and producer Yinka Ayinde (aka PureYinkz), Oliva Tweest returns to the stage after sell-out runs in London in 2013-14.
The UK's first ever Afrobeats musical, this energetic, feel-good and refreshingly original production tells the story of a young man with big ambitions, following Tobi as he attempts to shake off his shady reputation and carve out a serious career in the entertainment business.
Driven by his need to succeed, Tobi plans the ultimate concert in the hopes of attracting his idol, the Afrobeats legend D'Banj, even naming his show after the musician's international hit song, Oliver Twist. But when he finds out that the landlord of his chosen venue, Pastor Bayodele, is planning to convert the building into a church, Tobi is forced to disguise his true intentions...
Join Tobi as he navigates comedic and often explosive clashes with women, family, tradition, and his reawakened conscience, all set to an irresistible mix of classic and original hit songs.
Oliva Tweest is written by Yinka Ayinde and Nana Duncan, with a musical compositions by Jason Charles-Nelson and musical direction by Seyi Ogunnaike. The executive producer is Yemisi Mokuolu and the show is supported by Arts Council England.
Oliva Tweest shows at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 October. Tickets are available to book now by calling the box office on 024 7655 3055 or visiting www.belgrade.co.uk where prices are even cheaper.