As part of our continuing series production profiles we take a look at actor Ben Onwukwe . Ben will be playing the roles of Boukman and Jean-Jacques Dessalines in the play Black Spartacus.
Ben graduated with a BA performing Arts (Middlesex university) in 1980. He has worked extensively in various media including Theatre, radio, film and television drama.
His credits in theatre include Sunset Baby (world premiere) at the Gate theatre, Pandora’s box at the Arcola theatre,
He played Antigonus at The royal Shakespeare company in 2006 and had the honour of ‘exiting pursued by a bear!’ He has also appeared in Macbeth(out of Joint), high life (Hampstead theatre), the making of Moo (OrangeTree), Man in the middle and Sense of an Ending( theatre503).
His radio work include The LadiesNo.1 Detective Agency, which has continued on radio 4 for 10 years. He was a regular in Westway , a BBC World Service soap Opera that was broadcast to audiences from Accra to Zanzibar!!
His Television work includes The Bill, Coronation Street, Holby City, Doctors, Law and Order and most notably 10 years as ‘Recall’ in London’s Burning for London Weekend Television.
Ben can be heard on countless Audiobooks, notably he has recorded several Dreda Say Mitchell novels along with countless London- set thrillers…
Ben is proud to be portraying Titanic characters from the history of the Strugggle for Liberation that began in St Domingue(Haiti) in the 18th century.
To see Ben live make sure you buy a ticket to Black Spartacus available here
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