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Fynn-Aiduenu’s critically acclaimed new play returns

ACCLAIMED: Sweet Like Chocolate, Boy

FOLLOWING ITS sold-out and critically acclaimed three-week run in London’s Jack Studio Theatre last November, the Off West End Theatre Award twice-nominated theatre piece Sweet Like Chocolate, Boy is on tour across the UK until September.

Written by award-winning playwright Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu and supported by Arts Council England, Sweet Like Chocolate Boy (named after Fynn- Aiduenu’s favourite song, and one
of the biggest UK garage records of the 1990s, Sweet Like Chocolate by Shanks & Bigfoot) was first created as Fynn-Aiduenu’s final-year piece at Roehampton University, where he graduated with a first class BA Hons in drama with English literature.

The play went on to take shape, and was further developed via scratches at The Kiln, Rich Mix and Cockpit, before its ve-star rated run at the Jack Studio Theatre last year.

The piece tells the timeline-fluid story of Mars, who is a street-smart, enthusiastic, lyrically saturated man on the edge, about to propose to the girl of his dreams in present-day London, and Bounty, who is a very quiet boy in a very loud Borough paddling through the ’90s with this new politically charged black identity swirling around him.

Speaking about the inspiration for Sweet Like Chocolate, Boy, Fynn-Aiduenu says: “The Sweet Like Chocolate, Boy piece developed from my keen interest in placing black British narratives at the emotional centre, whilst stripping away the demonisation of inner city London.

“This is done through the lens of two black boys and highlighting the contributions of ’90s music from inner city London in challenging barriers to multiculturalism; genres including garage and jungle that have now become a central part of British art culture.

“At its heart, the piece also critiques and celebrates the idea of having faith in a black British community and the revolutionaries that lead it. It presents the idea of what revolution is from various viewpoints during politically charged times within Britain and examines each of them in depth.

“No one character is seen as solely good or bad, but rather as people desperate to not just exist, but breathe and enjoy their lives as black British people.”

2019 TOUR DATES
July 3 - 6: Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
July 13 - 14: Studio 3 Arts, Essex
July 20: Theatre Peckham, London September 7: The Lowry, Salford

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