The David Oluwale Story (Research and Development)

In collaboration with dreamthinkspeak, Utopia Theatre will be exploring the use of technology and spaces not often used in a theatrical performance in this 1-week research and development project.

Working across Sheffield Theatres, in spaces not seen in many of their productions, we will be developing an adaptation of the life and tragic death of David Oluwale. Working closely with the David Oluwale Memorial Association, and a cast of talented performers, we will be developing an innovative and engaging way to share the modern relevance of this story of injustice.

Cast and Creatives

Kossim Osseni

Kossim Osseni is an actor from Benin/Nigeria, who has lived and worked in the US and is now based in the UK, and finishing his MFA at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Credits include Tv/Film: The Blacklist, Sesame St, Chained For Life. Theatre, Troilus in Troilus&Cressida, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet  Asagai in A Raisin in The Sun, Ahmadou in Outcry, and Trigorin in the Seagull among others, as well as over a dozen commercials. Visit kossimosseni.com

Ewa Dina

Ewa is a Nigerian-born, London-based actor, director, facilitator, voiceover artist & poet. Music and movement are integral parts of Ewa’s process; she is a confident mover.

Currently, she is associate director at Nouveau Riche and 1/5 of Theatre Peckham’s resident in-house theatre company: No-Table. As a facilitator, Ewa regularly works for Company Three and has worked with The Kiln Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama, The Pleasence, The Damilola Taylor Centre and has co-created & facilitated a workshop on music, movement and storytelling for Talawa.

Credits include:

Actor-Mover: Assistant in BAFTA Craft Awards 2021, Regi in How We Love (Dir. Robbie Taylor Hunt – Vaults Festival 2020), McMurphy in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Dir. Derek Anderson – The English Theatre, Frankfurt), Sister in Custody (UK Tour) (Dir. Gbemisola Ikumelo – Prime Theatre & The Art Machine), Auntie Mi in Run It Back (Dir. Coral Messam – Talawa Theatre Company).

Assistant Director: Sunnymead Court - Assisting James Hillier (The Actors Centre - 2020)

Director: The Kola Nut Does Not Speak English (Vaults Festival 2020), Omish (Courtyard Theatre), Route (Tristan Bates Theatre, Bread & Roses Theatre, The Hope Theatre)

Curator: Pleasence Fringe Future’s Festival Week One: The Future is Noir

Ewa graduated from the Rose Bruford BA Acting course in 2019.

Misha Malcolm

Training: London School of Musical Theatre & University of West England (BA Hons Film Studies and Drama).

Theatre includes: Hildegard in Puss in Boots (Millfield Theatre, London), Slave of the Ring in Aladdin (Albert Halls, Bolton), Sweet Inspiration/Dance Captain in This Is Elvis (UK Tour, Bill Kenwright), Production Vocalist for Costa Cruise Line (Costa Fortuna), Lead Vocalist in Productions Shows (Cricket St Thomas, Warner Leisure Hotels),  College Girl in Allegro (Bridewell Theatre), Career Officer in Our House (Redgrave Theatre, Bristol), Memory Of Her Face in The Vagina Monologues (Bristol Old Vic Studios), Bet in Olivier! (Bristol Old Vic Studios), Alice Fitzpatrick in Daisy Pulls It Off (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) and Addaperle in The Wiz (University of Sheffield).

Audio recordings: Felicity in Dr Who: Time Lord Victorious – He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, Fran in Torchwood: Ex Machina, Solara in Dr Who: Colony of Fear and Sgt Nicola Attach in Dr Who: The Third Doctor Aventures Vol 7 (Big Finish Productions).

Film & TV includes: Backing Vocalist in Pretty Red Dress (BBC Films) and Mother in the music video for Hamzaa’s Write It Down.

Commercials and voiceovers include campaigns for the Environment Agency, BT Halo, NHS Trials, Trade Union Congress and Local Authority Cyber Awareness. 

Pauline Bonsu

Pauline Bonsu, aged 27, actress. Trained at Arden School of Theatre graduated in 2015. Born and raised in Manchester U.K. Previously appeared in a research and development project entitled STOLEN based on an adaptation of Boko Haram in Nigeria.  

Dami Olukoya

Dami trained at Guildford School of Acting. 

Theatre credits include;  Jane Eyre (National Theatre) Pinocchio No Strings Attached (Above The Stag)  Cinderella and the Beanstalk (Sleeping trees) The Forecast (Bola Agbaje) Edinburgh Fringe, All or Nothing The Musical (Rock N Roll Productions) Sen in The Waiting Game (Kazzum Theatre Company) The Passion (Oxford Castle), The Mercer in The Knave in Grain (The Globe education), Lila in Theremin (Actors Centre) and Othello in Othello excerpt (The Globe/ Sam Wanamaker Festival.

Recent Commercials include - The Hero in McCoys Firepit Crisps and Office manager in McDonald's Tastes of the World Swiss Stack burger.

Dami is also a skilled voiceover artist having worked for The BBC, ITV, Amazon, Coca Cola, Google, Nivea Penguin, Harper Collins and many others.

Darwin Taylor

Darwin has in 2020 during the lockdown appeared in ITV's Coronation Street, alongside Helen Worth (Gail Tilley) and Jack P Shepherd (David Platt). He has also, in 2019, appeared in Sky One's hilarious sitcom 'Brassic!', created by Joe Gilgun and written by Danny Brocklehurst. He made an appearance in the Jamie Lomas project “Led Belly” a short film highlighting mental health issues and homelessness amongst ex-war veterans. Though more accustomed to film and TV he is very excited to be performing at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre.  Darwin Taylor is a keen Meisner student and has been studying at the studio 13 acting class in Sheffield. He also credits the Chicken shop Shakespeare Theatre group based in Leeds along with the Act 4Tv organisation and also the Black Theatre Cooperative (now known as nitroBEAT) with helping to build his acting abilities.

Born and raised in Sheffield from Jamaican parents who came to the UK in the early 60s. He is a Middle child having an older brother and a younger sister. He moved to the city of London where he first started his acting journey by joining the Black Theatre cooperative alongside the likes of Janet Kay Victor Romero and Malcolm Fredrick.

Darwin Is now represented by Urban Talent one of the leading Northern-based actors agency Based in Manchester

Sid Akbar

Sid has worked as an actor since 2011 and in that time, has worked on many contemporary plays.  He recently finished working with An Invisible Man Theatre on a play called The Birds Keep Singing and a One Man Show titled 'How to be Lucky' Both plays focus on the experience of refugees whereas HTBL focussed specifically on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the show debuted at York Theatre Royal.

He has also written and directed his own one-man showed entitled Nikah, a play about forced marriage but through the male perspective in the South Asian Community. The show was supported by Arts Council England and premiered at Bradford Theatre in The Mill in 2017

He has also worked on a number of films, tv shows, and commercials notably he played a lead role in the award-winning Dark Comedy Feature Film Poltherheist set and filmed in Bradford.

He is excited to be working on such a great project with Utopia Theatre and is really looking forward to sharing the work with the audience. 

John Rwoth-Omack

John is a Ugandan born, London trained, and Sheffield bred and based actor and director.

Training: Rose Bruford

Acting:  FAR GONE (Sheffield Theatres 2020 & Theatre Deli Sheffield 2019), H&P, ON MISSING, (Wretched Theatre, The Cockpit Theatre, London 2019), Dr Bupe, TALES FROM THE PLAYGROUND, (Paper Finch Theatre, Sheffield 2018), Priest, THE DEVIL IN MARY (short film York, 2017), Witch Doctor, THE EMPEROR JONES,(The Lost Theatre, London 2016), John Blanke, THE LOW ROAD, (Stratford Cir-cus, London 2015).

Playwright: FAR GONE

Director: BAD BLOOD BLUES, Theatre Deli, 2018, ALLY, short film, 2020

As an assistant director: THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, Directed by Gbolahan Obisesan, Sheffield Theatres, 2020

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Co-Directors: Mojisola Elufowoju and Tristan Sharps

Technical Manager: Robert Hart