Wednesday, April 3, 2013

D'Banj Inspires First Ever Afrobeats Musical in London's West End With - 'Oliva Tweest'

WOW! Afrobeats is on another level entirely! Now they've got a musical coming out?!

The first ever Afrobeats Musical to show live in London's West End - 'Oliva Tweest' is about to takeover! Oliva Tweest will be held in the Lyric Theatre (home of Thriller: The Musical). This brand new musical is the first play of it's kind to be featured in the west end with a lot of familiar faces in the Afrobeats scene.

The story of Oliva Tweest is based on Nigerian entertainer - D'Banj's smash hit 2012 single 'Oliver Twist,' read the play synopsis below:
The story, which is based on D’Banj’s 2012 HIT single “Oliver Twist”, is set in present day London and is about a promiscuous young man (Tobi) whose past comes back to haunt him when he meets a girl (Testimony) that will change his life forever. Combined with excellent comedic performances, notably from Dorcas Fapson as Tobi’s mother (Aunty Funke) and her lover, Pastor (Bayodele), great imagery, captivating choreography and resounding vocals are all on show throughout this production, driven by a fresh and exciting cast of some of the best new and emerging theatre professionals of 2013.

Exciting much? If that's not enough there will be cameo performances from African UK comedians - Eddie Kadi and A Dot Comedian alongside a few other special guests. With the 'Oliva Tweest' live band and vocal group coached by Conrad Benjamin of Clarity Vocals - will be recreating and performing beautiful cover renditions of some of our favourite Afrobeats songs originally by the likes of Wizkid, D'Banj among others.

OLIVA TWEEST is sure to be go straight into the history books as not only the first Afrobeats musical to take place in a West End theatre but also as one of the best independent theatre productions of 2013 and with the anticipation of such a great show now at fever pitch, the creative team behind Oliva Tweest - The Marimba Project - are already aiming to have a consistent production taking place over a longer period of time.
The Marimba Project team have been working non-stop since August 2012 - following many auditions and late-night rehearsals - and are now proud to present to you, OLIVA TWEEST!

Venue: Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftebury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
Date: Monday, April 15, 2013
Time: Doors open @ 7pm, show begins @ 7.45pm
Tickets are currently on sale from £15 and can be purchased from: OR call 0844 482 9674 (24hrs)

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