An Evening with an Immigrant

An Evening with an Immigrant
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  • Project: An Evening with an Immigrant
  • Artist/Company: Inua Ellams

Inua Ellams and Fuel present

An Evening with an Immigrant

written and performed by Inua Ellams

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 will tell 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.


***** Matt Trueman,

**** Everything Theatre

“His words are incredible... The poems are just stunning.” Everything Theatre

Partnership with Liberty

Promoting Civil Liberties, Promoting Human Rights

Liberty are currently campaigning to save the Human Rights Act (HRA). Article 8 of the HRA enabled Inua to be granted leave to remain in the UK. The current Government is threatening to scrap the Human Rights Act, and Theresa May recently became the first Prime Minister to advocate UK withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights - the international beacon of human rights protection which was drafted by British lawyers as a response to the horrors of the Second World War.

Liberty campaigns for civil liberties and human rights in the UK. They’re entirely independent – so can truly hold the powerful to account. From protecting privacy and freedom of speech, to righting discrimination and injustice – Liberty members have helped win legal cases, make the news and change the law for over 80 years. If you believe in a society defined by freedom, fairness and equal rights, make your voice heard and support the campaign today by becoming a Liberty member.


HOME|Aamir, a film by The National Theatre in collaboration with Surround Vision and Room One.

A 360˚ verbatim storytelling film about Aamir, a 22-year-old Sudanese refugee. This film tells the story of a brave and tenacious young man whose recent life has been a continual fight for survival in the constant face of aggression and rejection. Aamir’s encounters challenge many opinions people hold about refugees forced to escape their original homeland and deepens the viewer’s understanding by placing them in the shoes of this lost soul.

The film had its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc Fest, its European premiere at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the largest documentary festival in the world, and its US premiere at Future of Storytelling in New York.

The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Virtual Reality at the Encounters Film Festival and Best Director and Jury Prize Winner for Best Journalistic Achievement at the Social Impact Media Awards.

HOME|Aamir will be shown alongside the upcoming performances of An Evening with an Immigrant at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, 16-18 March, from 3pm-7pm.

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