An Evening With An Immigrant heads to Weston-super-Mare’s Theatre Tropicana

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 October 2017

Inua Ellams. Picture: Oliver Holms

Inua Ellams. Picture: Oliver Holms

Oliver Holms

Weston-super-Mare’s Theatre Tropicana is set to welcome Nigerian performer Inua Ellams whose poems, stories and anecdotes create a poignant piece of theatre.

Ellams was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in Nigeria.

Where he was born is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory.

When his father began to question his religion, their local community turned on them.

At 12 years old, he moved to Ireland and then England to begin his career as a writer and graphic designer, but throughout this time he experienced horrific racism and having to deal with that was tough.

This show is the story of his whole journey from escaping fundamentalist Islam to performing at The National Theatre in London and drinking wine with the Queen.

While this might sound like a rags to riches story, while this was all happening he had no country to belong to and no place to call home – something he explores in this extraordinary one-man show.

This is not the only performance Ellams has created.

The 14th Tale took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won the esteemed theatre’s First Award.

This show was anecdotal but not close to the whole story.

Now, Ellams is pushing the boundaries, which are sure to make you laugh, cry and contemplate the world we live in.

An Evening With An Immigrant will be at Theatre Tropicana, in Marine Parade, on October 19 at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £10, are available by calling 01179 020344 or online via

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