Ellams to end international online festival

Published: 13 October 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

An evening of “unique storytelling”: Inua Ellams

Playwright, performer and poet Inua Ellams will close Journeys Festival International 2020 with an 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 putting them in charge of what happens. People can suggest words or phrases to send the performer in new directions and help to curate an evening of “unique storytelling”.

Identity, displacement and destiny are recurring themes of the work of Nigerian-born Ellams whose play Barber Shop Chronicles had two sell-out runs at the National Theatre.

Audiences from as far afield as Serbia, Spain and Switzerland have tuned in to Journeys Festival International, presented by Leicester-based cultural development charity ArtReach.

One of the highlights still available online is Sun Up, Rain Falls, River Rises by Phosphoros Theatre, supported by HighTide—three audio pieces to listen to at sunrise, after the rain and when you are walking by water.

Ellams will bring the festival to an end on Sunday 18 October.