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Fuel and Inua Ellam
UK

The 14th Tale

Written and Performed by Inua Ellams

Venue Project Cube
Date 2 Oct - 6 Oct 9.30pm
7 Oct 6.30pm
Duration 60mins (no interval)



Directed by Thierry Lawson
Lighting Design by Michael Nabarro

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14th-Tale

“I’m from a long line of trouble makers, of ash-skinned Africans, born with clenched fists and a natural thirst for battle, only quenched by breast milk.”

The 14th Tale is a free-flowing, mellifluous narrative that relates the hilarious exploits of a natural born mischief-maker, propelled from the clay streets of Nigeria to the rooftops of Dublin where he lived as a teenager, and finally to London.

Inua Ellams vividly recreates the characters that punctuate his upbringing in deft and beautiful poetry, while challenging the audience’s expectations of what it is to be a young, black male in London today. Be swept away by this feat of playful storytelling on a poetic journey of family life, friendship and love.

WINNER OF SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST AWARD 2009.

A BAC SCRATCH COMMISSION WITH APPLES & SNAKES. A LONDON WORD FESTIVAL COMMISSION.

PRESENTED AS PART OF NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOURS.

'The 14th Tale comes as a sharp reminder of the power of language and rhythm in theatre, and of how dramatic poetry can create whole worlds through the voice of a single performer.' THE SCOTSMAN