An Evening with an Immigrant

  • Written and Performed by Inua Ellams
  • 15 June 2021 - 19 June 2021
  • Inua Ellams and Fuel present

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

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.


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

Music Selection by DJ Sid Mercutio
A Film by Tea Films
Title Sequence by Airship 23
Captions by Stagetext

Photo credit: Oliver Holmes


Event Details

Age recommendation: 14+
Running time: 90 mins including a one-min interval
Content warning: mention of female sexual violence, threats of violence
Ticket price: £10

Please note this a streamed event. Clicking the Book Now button will direct you to an external website.

Free tickets will be available to schools and community groups, via Fuel’s Community Ticket Scheme, delivered in partnership with each partner venue. For more information, please contact Fuel’s Engagement Producer, Georgia Dale on [email protected] or [email protected].