Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in 1996 aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London and starting work as a writer and graphic designer.
Part of this story was documented in his autobiographical Fringe First Award-winning play The 14th Tale, but much of it is untold. Littered with poems, stories, and anecdotes, Inua tells his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.
As part of the act of sharing stories and experiences of migration and global human movement across borders, An Evening with an Immigrant will coincide with Refugee Week 2021.
The show is being presented in partnership with multiple venues from across the UK including: the Albany, ArtsDepot, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Coombe Farm Studios, Curve Theatre, Derby Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, Lyceum Theatre, Lyric Theatre Belfast, Norwich Arts Centre, Omnibus Theatre, Pound Arts, Rose Theatre, and Stratford Circus. Free tickets will be available to schools and community groups who support refugees, via Fuel’s Community Ticket Scheme, delivered in partnership with each partner venue.
An Evening with an Immigrant was filmed at The Bridge Theatre in November 2020, and is presented on Fuel Digital. English captions are available. Written and Performed by Inua Ellams. Music Selection by DJ Sid Mercutio.
The production will be streamed over 5 nights from 15th June 2021.
|Tuesday 15 June||7.30pm|
|Wednesday 16 June||7.30pm|
|Thursday 17 June||7.30pm|
|Friday 18 June||9pm|
|Saturday 19 June||7.30pm|
A Theatre Club hosted by Maddy Costa for audiences who have seen the show.
The Theatre Club will take place after the performance on 17 June 2021, 9.10pm
Tickets will be available to book from w/c Friday 28 May 2021 from Fuel’s website, and partner venue websites respectively.
Find out more about the Theatre Club here.
"His words are incredible...The poems are just stunning."
"A michelin-starred mouthful"
Matt Trueman, whatsonstage.com