Sweet Like Chocolate Boy
by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu
produced by Emmanuel Nwosu & Initiative.dkf
“You ever look out of your estate and feel like there is something… Beautiful here… but nobody’s happy enough to see it?”
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, by award-winning theatre-maker Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, is a storytelling epic that melts timelines, lives, fantasy, Garage and Jungle and critiques Black British Protest in the broiling estates of London.
Supported by Just Add Milk Productions, Roehampton University and the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
This production is also supported by Arts Council England.
Press for this production
a captivating storyline and engaging language with brilliantly realised, often hilarious interpretations, innovative staging and plenty of garage and jungle to create a uniquely descriptive and unforgettable experience. ★★★★★ Spy in the Stalls
a coming-of-age adventure. Bounty (Michael Levi Fatogun) and Mars (Andrew Umerah) are two young men with diametrically opposed personalities, but they have more in common than it would first seem… nostalgic perfection ★★★★ The Stage
Sweet like Chocolate Boy is daring and enticing. Each scene contains high energy fused with scenes that’s emotional and fundamental as a fabricated England is shown reflecting life living in an estate. This play is extremely entertaining as it features scenes filled with … soulful, remixed garage music encouraging the audience to sing along, making Sweet like Chocolate Boy brilliantly distinctive, enjoyable and hysterical to watch.★★★★★ Tanica Psalmist
Powerful, polished and utterly absorbing, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu’s Sweet Like Chocolate Boy explores the changing face of Black British identity and protest over the last three decades, through the very different experiences of two young Londoners… This is a challenging and gripping piece of theatre from an exciting emerging voice; though it may be named for a 90s tune, it has just as much to say – and maybe even more – in 2018. Theatre Things
Although the play exerts frequent humour and laugh out loud moments, this doesn’t detract from the seriousness of the underlying factors contributing to mental health and identity issues amongst the black community in Britain. A must watch! Afridiziak
Sweet Like Chocolate Boy has been nominated for 2 Off West End Awards:
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE: Andrew Umerah
MOST PROMISING NEW PLAYWRIGHT: Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu
Sweet Like Chocolate Boy by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu
Directed by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu
Produced by Emmanuel Nwosu & Initiative.dkf
Assistant Director Alice Fofana
Movement Director Sean Graham
Set & Costume Designer Tara Usher
Sound Designer Shadé Joseph
Lighting Designer Bethany Gupwell
Michael Levi Fatogun – Bounty/Policeman/Fantasia’s dad
Alice Fofana| DJ/GOD
Andrew Umerah – Mars/James/Prophet/Bounty’s Dad
Veronica Beatrice Lewis – Sandra/Michelle/Fantasia/Nurse