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An Evening with Immigrant
(English, Duration: 90 Min)
Group: Fuel Productions Ltd, England.
About the Play
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, 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.
About The Group
Fuel aims to catalyse positive change in the world by producing new live performance by inspiring theatre makers for and with people across the UK and beyond. We seek to realise this vision by producing a programme of artistic work inspired by the ambition of the outstanding artists we support. These artists encourage audiences to understand fears, imagine a different future, and through that experience and insight, inspire change individually and collectively in order to better understand and more fully contribute to the world we live in.
Fuel was founded in 2004 and is led by Kate McGrath. Since then we have produced over 160 shows and 5 festivals, supported the development of 90 artists and companies, reached over 500,000 audience members and 8,750 participants. From a base at Somerset House, London, Fuel works locally, nationally and internationally to develop, create and distribute new work to the widest possible audience. Fuel is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, and a registered charity.
Fuel is currently working with artists including Will Adamsdale, Heather Adjyepong, Encounter, Inua Ellams, Lewis Gibson, Nick Makoha, Racheal Ofori, Hema Palani, FraukeRequardt, David Rosenberg, Andy Smith, Melly Still, Uninvited Guests and Melanie Wilson.
About the Director
Inua was born in Nigeria, and is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer. He facilitates workshops in creative writing where he explores reoccurring themes in his work – Identity, Displacement and Destiny – in accessible, enjoyable ways for participants of all ages and backgrounds. Inua’s first play The 14th Tale was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival and his fourth Barber Shop Chronicles sold out two runs at the National Theatre also attracting the National Theatre’s most diverse audience ever recorded. It toured North America, Australia and New Zealand as well as a UK-wide tour culminating in a month long run at the Roundhouse.Inua’s latest work, Three Sisters, co-produced by Fuel and National Theatre will be on at the National Theatre throughout January 2020.