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.
“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.”
Part of this story was documented in his autobiographical 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.
“You exit the show incredibly happy that Ellams exists among British society, and more than ready to join in his fight.”
The New York Times
As part of the act of sharing stories and experiences of migration and global human movement across borders, An Evening with an Immigrant will coincide with Refugee Week 2021.
We Are Here: A Post Show Talk
This special post-show talk will be hosted by Fuel’s Director Kate McGrath, alongside Minnie Rahman, Campaigns and Communications Director for the Joint Council of the Welfare of Immigrants. Building off the themes of An Evening With An Immigrant, the talk will explore the UK’s current immigration policy and JCWI’s campaigns. The talk will take place after the show on Wed 17th June, so if you have booked for then you will receive automatic access. If not you can book a free ticket for the talk here.
An Evening with an Immigrant was filmed at The Bridge Theatre in November 2020, and is presented on Fuel Digital. English captions available.
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