The Show

Ambitious London hustler and club-promoter Tobi has no problem winning female attention but yearns to shake off his shady reputation and move up in the world.

Always wanting more, he plans the ultimate show to attract his idol D’Banj, naming it after the musician’s global hit Oliver Twist.

This spectacular musical follows Tobi on a journey of self-discovery, as his efforts to impress lead him into comedic and sometimes explosive confrontations with women, family tradition, and his reawakened conscience.

Featuring popular and original hit songs performed by live band and refreshing high-energy choreography for a new era of musical entertainment.

Production Background

The idea for the show was conceived by presenter-producer Yinka Ayinde, (PureYinkz) six years ago.
His debut version of the show sold-out at the West End’s Lyric Theatre to a notably new audience, the majority of whom had never been to the theatre before.
Following its success, the musical received Arts Council England (ACE) funding for a short run at Hackney Empire in September 2014, which led to further funding support from ACE and Stage One for an industry workshop presentation at St James Theatre in May 2015.
In 2016 with support from the British Council the musical was presented as a Flash-Mob inspired performance at the Lagos Theatre Festival in Nigeria. Oliva Tweest was then selected for BEAM (UKs leading showcase for new musicals). The Musical was picked up by the Barbican Arts Centre and presented as a work-in-progress industry sharing to promote this fresh and innovative take on British musical theatre.
Yinka said: “It’s a dream come true for me to see the show going on tour. We have been given so much support and encouragement to get to this point.”

What is Afrobeats?

Afrobeats is a fast, melodic sound close to the dance craze-causing a scene in the UK and internationally. It is a popularised modern genre of West African music that fuses together elements of traditional Yoruba music and Ghanaian hiplife with Western influences of jazz, Funk, and Soul Music to create sensational rhythms that fans and listeners alike, can’t help but sing and dance along to.

Generally the beat is heavily polyrhythmic, and can range from traditional call and response and chanting styles, to styled wailing melodies that one could associate with given the way current pioneers of this bespoke genre are paving for fans and listeners alike within mainstream society. Some of which include; Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Maleek Berry, Mr. Eazi and more.

Media

Cast

Creative

Yinka Ayinde

Director/Executive Producer

 


Yinka Ayinde, also known by his stage name PureYinkz, has worked in entertainment for the past 8 years starting off as a radio presenter and producer on Jamrock Radio fm. He then moved onto hosting live shows with his co-presenter Uncle D, where he realised his passion for live audiences and soon began producing live entertainment. He joined The Big Clash Gameshow in 2011 as a presenter and marketing manager and helped grow the show from an audience of 100 people and 5 shows a year; to a live audience of 2000, an average of 50,000 online views, 7000 YouTube subscribers and 20 shows per year around the UK by 2016. In 2012 Yinka began creating Oliva Tweest aimed at celebrating and showcasing Afro-British culture and bringing theatre to a new audience. He went on to produce the musical in the West End (2013) and Hackney Empire (2014). Yinka has also worked as an Assistant Producer for PW Productions (Carlos Fuentes, Arcola Theatre) and was the Artistic director at A.C.T.S, developing and producing new plays using stories inspired by the Bible. Yinka is on a mission to inspire a new generation of theatre goers by tapping into culture-collaborations to create authentic audience experiences. Today, Yinka’s innovative take on theatre-making has been recognised, earning him several Arts Council England & British Council grants for development, receiving a Stage One Bursary Award for new producers and being one of five people in Great Britain selected for the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.

Credits and Acknowledgement

General Management: Hatch Ideas World Wide Ltd
Production Manager: Mekel Edwards
Assistant Producer: Aaliyah Antoine
Assistant General Manager: Hsiao-Lan Liu
General Management Consultant: Peter Huntley (Smart Entertainment)
Production Accounting: Creative Juice
Marketing Coordinator Chama Mulenga
Social Media Marketing: We Plug Good Music
Graphic Design: Duro Arts
Website Design: Koncept Web Design

Special thanks to The Africa Centre (London) as rehearsal venue sponsors and the following people for their mentoring and support: Richie Kester, Head of UK Touring and Venues (AKAUK); Jan Baister West End Client Account Director (AKAUK), Phillip Rowntree (Executive Commercial Producer of Selladoor Worldwide) and Peter Wilson (CEO, PW Productions).

The producers of Oliva Tweest: The AfroMusical wish to acknowledge financial support from Arts Council England.