Black T-shirt Collection

Inua Ellams' Black T-shirt Collection Trailer
  • Inua Ellams' Black T-shirt Collection Trailer ~
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  • Black T-shirt Collection ~ Image: Naomi Woodis
  • Project: Black T-shirt Collection
  • Artist/Company: Inua Ellams

“A tinglingly resonant celebration of the art of solo performance” Evening Standard ****

From Fringe First winner Inua Ellams comes a story about two foster brothers building a global t-shirt brand. On their journey from Nigerian markets to nightclubs in Europe and sweatshops in China, Matthew and Muhammed discover the consequences of success.

Combining mellifluous spoken word and animation, Black T-shirt Collection is a passionate, searing, modern
fable that draws on Inua’s own experiences of growing up in Nigeria, on its growing religious tensions and the universal longing for a place to call home.

Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2013.


Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre. Developed with the support of the Arvon Foundation, the National Theatre and the Jerwood residencies at Cove Park which are supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Originally funded by Arts Council England.

Images: Franklyn Rodgers; Naomi Woodis

Critical Acclaim for Black T-Shirt Collection

“You sink into his storytelling, which paints vivid mental images” Time Out****

“Black T-Shirt Collection is a fluent, intense 70-minute confection and a tinglingly resonant celebration of the art of solo performance.” Evening Standard ****

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