Story Circle was our free storytelling programme, which took place in October 2022.

The next term of Story Circle is inspired by DRUM, a new play by Jacob Roberts-Mensah premiered at Omnibus Theatre in Autumn 2022. DRUM tells the story of two Ghanaian icons who found success in London, photographer James Barnor and broadcaster Mike Eghan. In this joyful and poignant play the two meet for the first time at a DRUM magazine photoshoot in BBC Broadcasting House. Storytelling, music and dance is fused with archive material to capture a unique snapshot of London in the swinging sixties.

Inspired by the play, the Story Circle sessions explored our own perceptions of home, belonging and migrations. Our story tellers were encouraged to explore their lived experiences and limitless imagination through games and exercises led by writer, director and actor Nicole Acquah.

Every group member was also given access to a digitally streamed recording of DRUM to watch at home before joining us each Monday in the Omnibus Theatre Café Bar to enjoy some delicious food from across Africa whilst taking part in fun and social sessions.

The project created a social, creative and safe space for group members to tap into their boundless potential as storytellers.

Story Circle: DRUM was made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Nicole Acquah


Nicole Acquah is an actor, writer and educator.

Her last play Caste-ing was a smash-hit at the Paines Plough Roundabout @ Summerhall for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022. Her recent play, Sankofa, was recently shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting and she is currently on an attachment with the Bush Theatre as part of their Emerging Writer’s Group. She studied Drama and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and went on to study at the MA Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

She has worked successfully with various arts organisations as a freelance theatre-maker. She also runs theatre company Acquah&co, focusing upon championing and celebrating diverse British voices.

Nicole is a visiting lecturer and module facilitator at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has also taught Playwriting at Royal Holloway University, on the Creative Writing course.

Nicole’s work is typically fascinated by the multilayered human experience, which has led her to work on a variety of productions, exploring race, faith, sexuality and womanhood, among other topics. She loves to collaborate with other artists of all mediums.

Check out the group’s work below: