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.
Production Images by Oliver Holms
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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. At the time of creating this work, the Government was threatening to scrap the Human Rights Act, and Theresa May had recently become 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.
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"His words are incredible... The poems are just stunning."
Matt Trueman, whatsonstage.com