Poetry

Inua Ellams: An Evening with an Immigrant

Mon 20 Nov / Quarterhouse

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered Boko Haram territory, award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in 1996.

Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, this is a ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, performing solo shows at the National Theatre and drinking wine with the Queen, all the while without a country to belong to or a place to call home.

Click here to watch the trailer.

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

"He can capture the smell of a place, the sense of a moment" - The Stage ****

“The dramatist and poet tells the tale of his tortuous path to the UK from Nigeria with passion and humour.” - The Guardian****

“His poems are original and brimming with life…He can make the everyday seem remarkable.” – A Younger Theatre *****


Written and performed by Inua Ellams.
Produced by Fuel.


Age 15+
60 mins

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