Wicklow’s Kwaku Fortune goes transatlantic

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Roundwood man Kwaku Fortune has been blazing a trail across the small screen and is now going transatlantic.

Fresh from his role in TV’s Hidden Assets where he played Josh Ola alongside Angeline Ball, Peter Coonan and Simone Kirby in the crime drama written by Red Rock and Kin creator Peter McKenna, he was straight into rehearsals for PIAF.

Fortune is currently on stage at The Gate Theatre playing Marcel in ‘PIAF’, a captivating and uncompromising look at Édith Piaf in all her grit and glory. PIAF is played by the stunning chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan and is directed by Des Kennedy. The show has been extended to run until 4th Februrary 2023.

Fortune plays Marcel in PIAF

Trained at Trinity’s Lír Academy, Dublin (in association with RADA) and following his graduation with a bachelor of acting in 2017, he landed the role of Finn in 2017 film Kissing Candice. He then made his stage debut with Playboyz, a modern interpretation and version of J.M. Synge‘s The Playboy of the Western World, which featured in the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival.

On stage Kwaku most recently played Ray in The beauty queen of Leenane directed by Rachel O’Riordan for the Lyric Hammersmith & Chichester Festival Theatre. Kwaku is also the voice of GAEL in the Skydance Animation / Apple+ animated feature LUCK. Further screen credits include the screenplay, Animals, Sally Rooneys, Normal People for BBC 1, BBC3 and HULU and Line of Duty also for BBC1.

He has also read Eoin Colfers, ‘The Great Spangle Shortage,’ as one of The 12 Stories of Christmas, brought to you by Fighting Words (a non-profit who encourage students of all ages to improve their writing skills) and  Graffiti Theatre Company.

Kwaku reads The Great Spangle Shortage’.

Fortune previously featured in the 2019 Dublin International Film Festivals, Diversity on Screen panel. He is also currently part of a 4 person cohort of Irish artists and writers who have been selected to take part in the inaugural 2022 Transatlantic Commissions Programme, brought about by a joint endeavour of Fishamble – a non-profit who support new National plays of Global importance and Irish Repertory Theatre (Irish Rep) who describe themselves as ‘providing a context for understanding the contemporary Irish-American experience through evocative works of theater, music, and dance.’ 

Together, they aim to address head-on the historical inequalities in representation that have existed in the theatrical canon. They have commissioned four Black Irish artists and writers of colour to work with a mentor over the coming year to create new works that will be workshopped and presented in public readings by Fishamble in Dublin, Ireland and Irish Rep in New York City in early 2023.

Roundwoods Kwaku Fortune is certainly one to watch for 2023 and beyond!

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