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

The Mercury has teamed up with Theatre Tropicana to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

To enter, simply answer the question below.

Or, send your answer, along with your name, address and telephone number to: Weston & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW by 10am on October 17.

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

By entering, you agree to be contacted by Archant.

Competition closed

Thanks for your interest but this competition has now closed

More from Weston Mercury


A tourist has had to be rescued from Birnbeck Island.

Read more

A budget was blown out of the water 50 years ago – and so were some anti-submarine bombs. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in March 1968.

Read more

A celebration of some of the best dance music from past and present is to be held at Weston’s Tropicana next month, and the Mercury has tickets to give away to readers.

Read more

A host of hidden prizes lie waiting to be discovered across Weston-super-Mare this Easter holidays – and treasure seekers can support Weston Hospicecare by joining the hunt.

Read more
Weston Hospicecare Weston-super-Mare

A television comedian, who penned one of the BBC’s best-loved and successful sitcoms, is set to perform a new stand-up show on a South West stage.

Read more

Don’t miss our weekly round-up of photos shared with us by our readers.

Read more

A model and comedian have been announced as the stars of this year’s pantomime at Weston-super-Mare’s The Playhouse theatre.

Read more

A club for children who love history and archaeology will be starting at Weston Museum after Easter.

Read more

Hundreds of pounds has been donated to a village preschool to help pay for costly repairs, but it faces a race against time to stay open.

Read more

Sci-fi fans get ready, Pacific Rim has returned to the big screen and Weston-super-Mare’s Odeon cinema is giving away two pairs of tickets.

Read more

Most Read

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather



max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder