The world premiere of Feast will feature an incredible company of actors, dancers and musicians. Learn more about the show here.
Naana was born in Accra, Ghana and moved to the UK at the age of 5. After graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama, Naana was cast in Caroline, Or Change at the National Theatre. Naana has also appeared in Avenue Q in the West End, Che Walker’s The Frontline at Shakespeare’s Globe, and Been So Long at the Young Vic and Edinburgh Festival.
Sola is one of the UK’s leading percussionists. Self-taught and with over 24 years of experience, he describes his percussive style as ‘a synthesis of the subtle grooves of Yoruba drumming with a progressive and experimental sonic twist.’ Whilst being one of the longest-standing members of the platinum-selling band Jamiroquai since 1997, Sola has also played for a long list of celebrated musicians around the world including: David Bowie, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Will Young, Art Blakey, Aswad, Gregory Isaacs, Damon Albarn, Newton Faulkner, Axelle Red, Lokua Kanza, Ayo, Larkin Poe, Fatoumata Diawara, Francis Lalane and Gasper Lawal.
Michelle graduated from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Theatre work includes: Dot in OZ (Unicorn Theatre), Rockets (National Theatre of Scotland Workshop development, Tron Theatre) and The Peacekeeper (National Theatre of Scotland Workshop development, Wildbird) and college performances including The Liars, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Love’s Labours Lost, The Misanthrope, Scenes From An Execution and Tom Jones.
Daniel Cerqueira’s many credits at the Young Vic include The Changeling, Vernon God Little, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Sleeping Beauty and Afore Night Come. His other theatre work includes Arabian Nights (RSC) and Blood Wedding (Almeida). On screen he appeared in the Spielberg film Saving Private Ryan and popular television series including I’m Alan Partridge (BBC) and Rome (HBO). You might have seen him recently in the feature film of The Woman in Black and the television adaptation of Birdsong.
Laurence Corns studied Ethnomusicology at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He specialises in swing jazz from the 1930′s and music from Zimbabwe.
His jazz credits include working for many years with French/American based ‘Lost and Wandering Blues and Jazz Band’ through whom he met and toured with jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux. In London he performs regularly with the leading musicians on the swing scene Adrian Cox, James Evans, TJ Johnson and New Orleans pianist Dom Pipkin.
In the field of Zimbabwean Mbira music he has spent many years as side man to Mbira maestro Chartwell Dutiro, toured Europe with Stella Chiweshe and has played with The Bhundu Boys.
From 2010 Laurence was musical director on the National Theatre production of the Broadway musical FELA! which went on to be performed at The Carre Theatre Amsterdam and Sadlers Wells theatre London.
Noma is a Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress known for her work with the RSC. Her theatre work includePresident of an Empty Room and The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other at the National Theatre, London; Breakfast with Mugabe, Antony and Cleopatra and Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC; A Raisin in the Sun for the Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith, London (for which she won her Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Master and Margarita, Nathan the Wise and The Coffee House at Chichester Festival Theatre, 6 Characters Searching for an Author at the Gielgud Theatre and The Bogus Woman at the Traverse and the Bush.
Yanet graduated with honours as a qualified teacher from the world famous National School of Contemporary and Folkloric Dance in Havana, Cuba.
A dancer at La Maison Casa de la Moda in Havana, she is a three-time winner (2001, 2002, 2004) in the professional couples category at the Tropicana World Salsa Championships, held in London. Yanet was the lead dancer and principle performer in the West End musical Lady Salsa. You might recognise her from her work in videos/on tour with Shakira, Rihanna and Alicia Keys, or from the series So You Think You Can Dance.
Michael Henry is a London-born multi-genre composer, vocalist, musical director and clarinettist.
He was recently the vocal director, vocal arranger and cast member of Death and the King’s Horseman (National Theatre, 2009), vocal director on FELA! (National Theatre, 2010) and vocal director and cast member of Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre, 2011).
As a composer, his work includes: Stand for 16 acapella voices (BBC PROMS 2006), Rocket Symphony (co-composition with Orlando Gough) for 500 voices and fireworks (part of the opening ceremony for Linz as European Capital of Culture 2009), Circus Tricks (an opera with liberetto by Adey Grummet, composed for Tete A Tete 2012).
Michael has worked as a live backing vocalist for artists such as George Michael, Chaka Khan, The Pet Shop Boys, Barry Manilow, Jamelia and Will Young. In the studio, his vocal work for artists include Michael Ball, Robbie Williams, Billy Bragg, Chrissy Hynde and Diana Ross. Michael was the baritone soloist in Scott Walker’s Drifting and Tilting at the Barbican 2008. He is presently a full time member of a capella pop group Flying Pickets and vocal ensemble The Shout.
Michael was the vocal animateur for 250 children aged 6-13 for the Horrible Histories BBC PROM 2012.
Kobna is a Ghanaian-born, British actor who has appeared on stage, screen, and television, including Sorry, I’ve Got No Head, Little Britain, and Sirens. A graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, he won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. He is well known for his work at the Young Vic including recent productions The Changeling and Joe Turner’s Come And Gone. Kobna was recently seen at the National Theatre in Antigone.
Louis is a Gambian-born British actor.
Born in The Gambia, Mahoney originally studied to be a doctor but abandoned ambitions for a medical career to become a drama school student in the 1970s. He is a long-standing campaigner for racial equality within the acting profession.
He has been seen most frequently on television in series such as: Danger Man, Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, The Troubleshooters, Menace, Special Branch, Doctor Who (in the stories Frontier in Space, Planet of Evil and “Blink”), Quiller, Fawlty Towers (as Dr Finn in “The Germans”, 1975), The Professionals, Miss Marple, Yes, Prime Minister, Bergerac, The Bill, Casualty, Holby City and Sea of Souls.
Ira Mandela Siobhan
Ira is an actor and dancer best know for his work with DV8 Physical Theatre. Over the last few years he has toured with DV8 in both Can We Talk About This? and To Be Straight With You. You may have seen him at the National Theatre in FELA!. His other theatre and dance work includes The Lifeguard with The National Theatre of Scotland, Punchdrunk, Richard Alston Dance Company and Macbeth at The National Theatre Studios. He recently worked with Akram Khan as his assistant movement director on the upcoming film Desert Dancer.
Coral is a performer, movement director and holistic movement practitioner who has completed studies in dance and drama at the northern school of contemporary dance, actor centre and central school of speech and drama. Throughout her career she has worked in theatres, T.V, schools, and performing arts establishments such as Talawa theatre, Irie dance theatre, Abby Arts and Union dance. Her performance credits includes Lion King, Kylie Minogue, The National theatre, DV8 Physical theatre, Courtyard theatre, and the Royal Exchange. Coral’s choreography work began as a dance assistant and performer for Death and the Kings Horseman at the National theatre. She then went on to choreograph for the Almeida theatre for Ruined at the Tricycle theatre.
Alexander has won many international awards as a dancer and choreographer including the 2007 Critics Circle Dance Award. He was originally principal dancer, singer and choreographer for 12 years with the National Folkloric Company of Cuba, appeared as The Moor opposite Carlos Acosta in his acclaimed “Tocororo” which played repeatedly at the London Colisseum and Sadler’s Wells and from 2005-2009 was a member of the Russell Maliphant Contemporary Dance Company performing the duet “Push” and the solo “Flux” which was choreographed for him.
Varona choreographed the critically acclaimed music and dance spectacular “Lady Salsa” which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival 2000 and went on to run in London’s West End and also toured internationally. He has also worked as dancer, choreographer and singer with different companies such as the Challot Theatre, Paris and Cuba’s famous “Tropicana” cabaret show in Monaco and in January 2005 he was commissioned to create and perform his own solo “Timelapse” at the opening night of the Graz International Dance Festival, Austria. In the same year he also wrote, directed and performed “Boleros de Nuestras Vidas” at the National Theatre, Havana to rave reviews.
Feast premieres 25 January, 2013 at the Young Vic. Book now to see this incredible company on stage!