Black Theatre Live


An Evening With An Immigrant

Inua Ellams & Fuel with Black Theatre Live present 

written & 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, in 1996 award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England 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 hilarious autobiographical Edinburgh 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, directing an arts festival at his college in Dublin, performing solo shows 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.

Inua Ellam's next major project is the Barber Shop Chronicles at the National Theatre in 30 May - 8 July 2017.



Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium of 8 regional theatres. Following Black Theatre Lives’ first tours in 2015 of Macbeth and She Called Me Mother starring Cathy Tyson and award winning The Diary of a Hounslow Girl and the UK's first all-black Hamlet in 2016 , we are delighted to announce the next small-scale tour is An Evening with An Immigrant, set for spring 2017.

Black Theatre Live is Tara Arts (London), Derby TheatreQueen’s Hall Arts (Hexham), Theatre Royal MargateTheatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Key Theatre (Peterborough), Stratford Circus Arts Centre (London) and the Lighthouse (Poole). Collectively the theatres are committed to effecting lasting change for Black. Asian Minority Ethnic theatre through a concerted programme of commissions and touring; and audience and sector development. Supported by Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, John Ellerman Foundation and the Ernest Cook Trust.