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INUA ELLAMS was born in Nigeria and is now based London. He is a poet and graphic artist, a writer with a style as influenced by classic literature as it is by hip hop. His debut play The 14th Tale won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award in 2009, and ran at the National Theatre in spring 2010. His other work includes Goats Milk & Mathematics), Night Knuckles and Not Writing, Waterfront, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, The ScapeGallow and Untitled. 

 

Barber Shop Chronicles
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Barber Shop Chronicles

Inua Ellams
 

Barber Shop Chronicles is a generously funny, heart-warming and insightful new play set in five African cities, Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra, and in London.

Inspired in part by the story of a Leeds barber, the play invites the audience into a unique environment where the banter may be barbed, but the truth always telling. The barbers of these tales are sages, role models and father figures who keep the men together and the stories alive.

Cast : 30M doubling possible
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-178-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Black T-Shirt Collection
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Black T-Shirt Collection

Inua Ellams
 
The wild things they did with those tees. Some held together by wooden pins. Some strung to wear just once. Some of long thin detachable sleeves...

A T-shirt is something most people have. It is a common denominator like a pair of blue jeans or a pair of Converse All Stars. From Fringe First winner Inua Ellams, comes a new story about two foster brothers building a global t-shirt brand. On their journey from a market in Nigeria to a sweatshop in China, Matthew and Muhammed discover the consequences of success. The play tackles capitalism and exploitation, as well as sectarianism and homophobia in modern day Nigeria.

Review
"Ellams' evocative writing conjures a Nigeria where myth and magic sit casually alongside everyday life." The Guardian


Cast : 1M (multiple characters)
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-84943-191-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Cape
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Cape

Inua Ellams
 
It’s a simple idea, really.

1. Wear a uniform
2. Protect who you love, what you care about
3. Let nothing get in your way

Someone mugged Bruce’s mum and he is not having it. The shock is still visible in her trembling fingers, rippling out across the calm waters of their lives. He grabs his hoodie, his uniform, his cape and goes out to find the culprit. Smithy wants everyone to stay inside, Uhuru wants everyone out. Tanya thinks it’s boyish fun and games until, very suddenly, it isn’t.
Cast : 2M, 3F
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-78319-066-9 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Knight Watch
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Knight Watch

Inua Ellams
 

In a world where tower blocks are stone mountains and city walls are urban tapestries retelling epic fights, Michael keeps away from the warring tribes until a passerby helps him out of a tight situation. Instantly, he is pulled into the gang culture he has tried to escape. The city spirals out of control as battle lines are drawn but will Michael succeed in ending the war?

In rhythmic, sizzling poetry Inua Ellams conjures the violence of a city not unlike London and imagines a more beautiful world beyond it.



 

Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-404-1 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
The 14th Tale
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The 14th Tale

Inua Ellams
 

1988: at four-years-old, he short-circuited his home with a silver spoon and a Betamax video player.

1989: stopped a 700-strong student assembly with a tantrum.

1995: was chased through jungle growth by a crazed, frustrated French teacher called Monsieur Batcock...Misfit? Apparently – until a little family research reveals a pattern of mischief reaching as far back as a great grandfather, and so the story begins:

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. They'd suckle as if the white silk sliding between gums were liquid peace treaties from mums. The 14th Tale is a beautiful mellifluous narrative that tells the hilarious exploits of a natural born mischief, growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to rooftops in Dublin and finally to London by award-winning writer and performer Inua Ellams.

Reviews

'A sharp reminder of the power of language and rhythm' The Scotsman


'Ellams’s poetry is smooth enough to melt in the ear, yet packed full of snap, crackle and pop. Accompanied by a fluid but simple movement score, his words conjure vivid cartoonish images imbued with both atmosphere and detail.'  Time Out

Cast : 1M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-885-6 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB