Inua Ellams and Fuel present
An Evening with an Immigrant
3 July 2022
Written and performed by Inua Ellams
Date: 3 July 2022
on the Peacock stage
Tickets: €18 /€15 conc.
Running time: 90 minutes, including a 10 minute pause
Age Recommendation: 14+
Language: Occasional use of racial slurs – the use of the N-word.
Violence: Mention of Female Sexual Violence, Threats of Violence
'Those that’ll stick together till forever ends'
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 Edinburgh 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.
'He is unapologetically Black, he is raw, he is honest, and he left me feeling proud. Proud of him, proud of my race and proud of how far we have come. He shows that immigrants are resilient and full of strength.'
Christina Nicole, Afridiziak
'Inua Ellams spins his tale with humour, relaxed elegance and megawatt charisma'
Sam Marlowe, iNews
'There’s nothing flashy about it — just a writer and his words. It’s testament to Ellams’s extraordinary talent that this autobiographical show is as engrossing as it is.'
Ava Wong Davies, London Theatre
Kate Kellaway, The Guardian
'You exit the show incredibly happy that Ellams exists among British society, and more than ready to join in his fight.'
Matt Wolf, The New York Times
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