The 14th Tale

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“Ellams’ poetry gleams with a dusty, worn, deeply original beauty and he remains such wonderfully generous company to keep on stage.” Metro

“Ellams’ poetry is smooth enough to melt in the ear, yet packed full of snap, crackle and pop.” Time Out

A hilarious and poetic coming-of-age story about a natural-born trouble maker, and his relationship with
his father. The story follows Inua’s real life journey from his birth place in Nigeria to the culture-shock of England, charting his trials, tribulations and mischief-making along the way. Using playful rhymes, Inua weaves
vivid and endearing characters, while at the same time challenging expectations of what it is to be a young black male in the UK today.


A BAC Scratch Commission with Apples and Snakes

A London Word Festival Commission. Funded by Arts Council England.

Critical Acclaim for The 14th Tale

"Inua Ellams' captures our attention as soon as he opens his mouth" The Times

"Delivered with perfect timing in a wonderful style, it’s both a playful and intelligent production" Total Theatre Review

"There's something uniquely 21st Century about Ellams' voice which somehow absorbs the whole experience of colonialism without being totally defined by it.' The Scotsman ****


Inua Ellams (Writer & Performer) is an award winning poet, playwright and performer. He has lived in Jos, Plateau State - Nigeria, Dublin - Ireland and London - England where he currently resides. His most recent pamphlet of poems Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars was published by Flipped Eye, 2011. His first play The 14th Tale, won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009 before touring nationally and transferring to the National Theatre in spring 2010. He performed the play for its international debut at Perth Festival in February 2012. His second play, Untitled, was co-commissioned by Soho Theatre and long listed for the Alfred Fagan award. His third show Black T-Shirt Collection was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and toured nationally in spring and autumn 2012 including performances in the Cottesloe at the National Theatre in April. Knight Watch, Inua’s outdoor performance featuring live musicians, toured to venues in London and nationally in summer 2012.

Thierry Lawson (Director) likes to brand himself as a storyteller whether as a theatre director, a workshop leader, a film maker or when venturing into the realm of performing. His work has taken him to many various and challenging horizons, gathering accolades, awards and friends, often ignoring the advice ‘don’t diversify too much’. From proscenium arches to prisons, disused warehouses to film studios, national theatres to estates, somewhere someone has a story that relates to us and needs to be told. Forever ‘l’artiste sans frontieres.’

Michael Nabarro (Lighting Designer) is a graduate of the RADA Lighting Design course.  He previously graduated from Cambridge University and spent three years managing the ADC Theatre in Cambridge.  Michael is also the Managing Director of Spektrix, a provider of cloud-based ticketing systems to the Arts industry. 

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