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Black T-shirt Collection

21 Jan - 10 Sep 2017
Inua Ellams

Fuel presents Inua Ellams’ Black T-shirt Collection

Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre. Developed with the support of the Arvon Foundation, the National Theatre, and the Jerwood residencies at Cove Park which are supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

From Fringe First winner Inua Ellams, Black T-shirt Collection was a story about two foster brothers building a global t-shirt brand. On their journey from Nigerian markets to nightclubs in Europe and sweatshops in China, Matthew and Muhammed discovered the consequences of success.

Combining mellifluous poetry, spoken word, and graphic art, Black T-shirt Collection was a passionate, searing, modern fable that drew on Inua’s own experiences of growing up in Nigeria, on its growing religious tensions, and the universal longing for a place to call home.


Originally funded by Arts Council England.

Images: Franklyn Rodgers; Naomi Woodis

"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Black T-Shirt Collection is a fluent, intense 70-minute confection and a tinglingly resonant celebration of the art of solo performance."

Evening Standard

"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- You sink into his storytelling, which paints vivid mental images."

Time Out

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