An Evening with an Immigrant

  • Price:
  • Duration:
    90 minutes, including a 1-minute interval
  • Date: :
    The production will be streamed over 5 nights from 15- 19 June 2021
  • Age recommendation:
  • Content Advice :
    Language: None Nudity: None Violence: Mention of Female Sexual Violence, Threats of Violence Themes: Home; Family; Migration; Identity; Friendship; Politics; Personal History
  • Present by :
    Inua Ellams and Fuel

Inua Ellams and Fuel present

An Evening with an Immigrant Written and Performed Inua Ellams

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 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.

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. Stratford Circus is delighted to be a partner and will be making a donation from the tickets sales to a local refugee charity.

An Evening with an Immigrant was filmed at The Bridge Theatre in November 2020, and is presented on Fuel Digital. English captions available.

Performance schedule
The production will be streamed over 5 nights from Tuesday 15th June to Saturday 19 June 2021 at 7.30pm.

Stream 1 Tuesday 15 June 2021 7.30pm
Stream 2 Wednesday 16 June 2021 7.30pm
Stream 3 Thursday 17 June 2021 7.30pm
Stream 4 Friday 18 June 2021 9.30pm
Stream 5 Saturday 19 June 2021 7.30pm

Theatre Club

Hosted by writer Maddy Costa, Theatre Club is an open, friendly space for audiences to meet post-show and share what they thought. It’s not like a Q&A – no one who made the show will be there – so we can ask each other questions and say what we really felt, whether we were fascinated, bored, annoyed, confused or anything in between.

Thursday 17th June 2021 at 9.10PM Book here (Free)

Please note: booking a place at Theatre Club does not give you access to the show! You need to book a separate ticket to see An Evening with an Immigrant here and to be able to join the Theatre Club conversation you should watch any performance from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 June.

Creative Team

Written and Performed Inua Ellams
Music Selection by DJ Sid Mercutio
A Film by Tea Films
Title Sequence by Airship 23
Captions by Stagetext

The show is being presented in partnership with multiple venues from across the UK including the Albany, ArtsDepot, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Coombe Farm Studios, Curve Theatre, Derby Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, Lyceum Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Norwich Arts Centre, Omnibus Theatre, Pound Arts, Rose Theatre and Stratford Circus.