Ellams brings down curtain on online festival

Published: 8 October 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Evening of “unique” storytelling: Inua Ellams

The writer of National Theatre production Barbershop Chronicles, Inua Ellams, will close Journeys Festival International with an online, interactive, spoken-word performance which will be a “playful exploration” of some of the poet’s best work.

Ellams will invite audiences to shape the event by suggesting words and phrases which will send him in new directions to curate an evening of unique storytelling.

Poet, playwright and performer Ellams is known for recurring themes of identity, displacement and destiny in his work in which he mixes traditional West African oral storytelling with contemporary poetics.

The online event will be staged on Sunday 18 October and concludes the festival which has provided a place for artists with experience of seeking sanctuary and migration to share their work. It has been organised by Leicester-based cultural development charity ArtReach.

Another highlight which can be explored online is Sun Up, Rain Falls, River Rises by Phosphoros Theatre, supported by HighTide. This series of audio narratives to listen to at sunrise, after the rain and walking by water was written by Mohamed Abdu, Goitom Fesshaye and Syed Haleem Najibi in collaboration with Dawn Harrison.