Following a successful schools tour in 2015, Inua Ellams’ The 14th Tale has kicked off its 2016 tour this morning at Lambeth Academy as part of the school’s celebration of Black History Month. The 14th Tale will be touring for three weeks, visiting schools in London, Margate and Newcastle upon Tyne. The fifty-five-minute production will play to over 1500 students aged 12-16 and will be followed by an hour-long workshop. Reprising his role as Director, Thierry Lawson has fostered the newly-starring Michael Oku to play a young Inua Ellams in the Fringe First award-winning play. Ellams’ was the first to perform in his one-man autobiographical tale of his youth in Nigeria and his teenage years in the UK. Characters introduce themselves through poetry woven from persons that exist in the life of Inua himself, and the narrative chronicles his blossoming as a playful and mischievous individual who is forever misbehaving, and forever advised that one day, the consequences of his ill-behaviour will catch up with him.
The performance was received enthusiastically this morning, and the tour will continue tomorrow for the students of Kingsbury High School. Inua Ellams will also be touring An Evening With An Immigrant, a production which expands on many of the themes that are present in The 14th Tale in early 2017. Don’t miss your chance to experience the lyrical adventures of one individual, once lost-in-translation, as he tackles cultural and religious controversy, prejudice, and friendship on a stage in which he can explore what it truly means to be at home.
Written by Josephine Balfour-Oatts, Fuel's new Producing Intern.