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An Evening With An Immigrant (Inua Ellams and Fuel)

By | Published on Sunday 27 August 2017

“To this day I think of the Irish as the Nigerians of Europe.” Inua Ellams knows his audience: in fact, he holds us in the palm of his hand, coolly overrunning his ninety-minute, late-night slot. In poetry and prose, now whispered into the microphone, now almost sung, he tells his family’s immigration story. We hear of the crushing daily struggles of life as an asylum seeker: filling out forms that are lost or rejected; waiting endlessly; living in fear of a letter from the Home Office that will rip your world apart. But Ellams finds humour, and beauty, in the darkest situations. His verse is tripping and lyrical, performed with an easy grace, a wink, and a smile.

Traverse Theatre, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alexander Hartley]