You ever look out of your estate and feel like there is something…Beautiful here…but nobody’s happy enough to see it?
Sweet Like Chocolate Boy, by award-winning theatre-maker Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, comes to South London’s Jack Studio Theatre, later this month.
It’s a storytelling epic that melts timelines, lives, fantasy, Garage and Jungle, and critiques Black British Protest in the broiling estates of London.
Mars is a street-smart, enthusiastic, lyrically-saturated, man on-the-edge, about to propose to the girl of his dreams in present-day London.
Bounty is a very quiet boy, in a very loud borough, paddling through the ’90s with this new politically charged Black identity swirling around him.
As the worlds of Mars and Bounty collide, can they find their place in these times or will they get chewed, swallowed and digested by it?
Sweet Like Chocolate Boy stars Michael Levi Fatogun (Doctors (BBC), Emmerdale (ITV) and Safe (Tristan Bates Theatre), as Bounty; Veronica Beatrice Lewis (Queens of Sheba (Underbelly Cowgate, New Diorama Theatre), Rhapsody (Arcola Theatre), Expensive Shit (Soho Theatre), SKEEN! (The Ovalhouse); and Andrew Umerah as Mars (Dirty Butterfly (Bread & Roses Theatre), Great Again (The Vaults), Neighbours with Long Teeth (Whitehorse theatre Tour, Germany).
Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu’s recent credits include writing & producing SKEEN! and Black Attack (Bush Theatre); and directing Little Baby Jesus by Arinze Kene (Stonecrabs Theatre Co. & The Albany Theatre) and Timbuktu by award-winning company Nouveau Riche (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Tristan was one of the chosen writers on the Royal Court’s Open Court 2015, The Bush Theatre’s emerging writers programme 2017, longlisted for BBC Writersroom 2017 and a director on the Young Vic’s Springboard course 2018.
Directed by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, Sweet Like Chocolate Boy runs at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre from October 30 – November 17.