PRESENTER, BROADCASTER and actor, Ore Oduba, will host the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards (BBTA) which will take place on October 27, at The Old Finsbury Town Hall, Islington, London.
A host of stars including Clint Dyer, Danny Sapani and Martina Laird among many other illustrious performers will join the former Strictly Come Dancing champion.
Ore, who emerged as a fan favourite after winning the 14th series of Strictly, has recently embarked on his own theatre career. Having made his debut in Grease earlier this summer, he is currently entertaining audiences in the UK tour of Curtains the Musical, alongside comedian Jason Manford.
The BBTA is the first of its kind, specifically created to recognise and celebrate the contributions of black people in the arts. Categories include Best Dance Production, Best Teacher of Performing Arts as a subject, among others, all aim to amplify the positivity of talent and creativity in British theatre.
“I’m delighted to be hosting the first of this important and historic awards ceremony,” said: Oduba. “I know it will become an important date in the calendar for all Black British people in the arts in the future.”
Co-founders Solange Urdang ad Omar F Okai said, “We are more than delighted that Ore has agreed to be our host for the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards. It’s beyond exciting to be supported by such a personality and are honoured with the positive response from the industry as a whole.”
Hundreds of nominations were received and those up for an award include Sharon D Clarke, Lenny Henry and Arinzé Kene.