We are now into week three of rehearsals of Cont Mhlanga’s Workshop Negative. With just two weeks until we open we thought there was no better time to fully introduce you to our talented cast.
JUDE AKUWUDIKE (Mkhize)
Jude trained at RADA and has since performed at some of the best theatres in the UK. His credits include Moon on a Rainbow Shawl directed by Michael Buffong for the National Theatre, The Faith Machine directed by Jamie Lloyd for the Royal Court, Great Expectations for the English Touring Theatre, Othello for Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Iya-Ile for Tiata Fahodzi/Soho Theatre, Walking Waterfall at Tiata Delights ’08, Almeida Theatre, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Uri at the Lyric Hammersmith, Anthony Nielson’s God in Ruins at the Soho Theatre; Macbeth and Macbett (RSC); The Overwhelming, Edmond and Henry V (National Theatre) and Pericles at The Globe. Jude is currently about to start rehearsing for The Crucible at The Bristol Old Vic for the role of Reverend Parris.
On television, Jude recently starred in Channel 4’s Cucumber, the UK version of Law & Order, Joe Penhall’s Moses Jones and The #1 Ladies Detective Agency (BBC). Other television credits include The Last Detective, Silent Witness, Roger Roger, Land of Dreams, The Bill and Between the Lines. Jude has just finished filming a role in Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, as well as a supporting role in Undercover for ITV alongside Sophie Okonedo.
Jude’s film credits include Beasts of No Nation, The Tempest, Touched By A Stranger, Whisper the Way of the Child, Sahara and A World Apart.
Jude has also done extensive work for BBC Radio, including a long run in the World Service’s Resident President and Westway.
DANILO ANTONELLI (Ray)
Danilo Antonelli grew up in South Africa in 1987 where he began his career as actor.
From 2007-2011 Danilo was part of Disney’s THE LION KING Company, which toured South Africa and parts of South East Asia in venues such as the Taipei Grand Arena and the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Other career highlights in South Africa include musicals such as Lerner and Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY at (2007) at the Pretoria State Theatre and Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD (2014) at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in KwaZulu Natal.
For television in 2012 Danilo shot the 1st season of Sketch you later, a comedy for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which is still on air in 8 African countries. Danilo completed a BA from the University of South Africa in 2012.
In 2013 Danilo accepted the Kevin Spacey Foundation Bursary to Study Global Theatre and Performance at Regent’s University London. Last year in London Danilo sung as a Tenor Soloist in Operas including LA TRAVIATA and THE MERRY WIDOW throughout South East England for Kentish Opera, Surrey Opera, Southgate Opera and the Grimeborne Festival at the Arcola Theatre.
Danilo is extremely passionate about African Theatre and culture and is excited to be working on the UK Premier of Cont Mhlanga’s play Negative. Danilo is represented by Brown & Mills Entertainment UK.
JOHN PFUMOJENA (Zulu)
John was born in Zimbabwe and trained with Chickenshed Theatre (London) and Arts Lab (Zimbabwe). He has recently finished the UK tour of I AM THOMAS (National Theatre of Scotland/Told By An Idiot) .
Other credits include: BEASTY BABY (Theatre-Rites/Polka Theatre), NOW YOU SEE ME (immediate theatre, London tour), NGUVA (Simba Dans Ensemble, Norway), WATER BREAD AND SALT/DREAM NATION (Tangle International), THE MAIDS/OEDIPUS (Developing Artists UK, Zimbabwe tour), RIOTS/GLOBALEYES (Chickenshed Theatre), ALSO BY MAIL (The Hat Factory), CANT TALK ABOUT THIS (Tumbuka Dance Company, Zimbabwe), SHIFT (Dance Trust Zimbabwe), DIARY OF A MADMAN (Spear Theatre Zimbabwe), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Reps Theatre, Harare), GPA/LOUPE (Imidlalo Productions, tour), THE COUP/WAITING FOR CONSTITUTION/WEDDING NIGHT (Theatre in the Park, tour), THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Prince Edward, Zimbabwe).
John is represented by Michelle Braidman and Associates.