Writer and Director Hannah Lavery leads an artistic yet grief-filled response to the 2015 death in Scottish police custody of Sheku Bayoh.
ʻNo problem here pal. None at all.ʼ
In the early hours of the morning, 31 year-old Sheku Bayoh set out to walk home from his friend’s place after watching a boxing match. Just hours later, he had lost his life in police custody. Lament for Sheku Bayoh is a poetic expression of grief for the human behind the headlines and a non-apologetic reflection on racism in Scotland today.
Lament for Sheku Bayoh inspires activities for schools as part of our year-round commitment to communities across Scotland.
Contains very strong language and descriptions of brutality and racial violence.
Timely and necessary
Co-produced by Edinburgh International Festival, National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Made possible through the PLACE programme
Originally commissioned by Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and performed at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival as a work in progress as part of the You Are Here series.
Development work supported by the Stephen W Dunn Creative Fund
National Theatre of Scotland
Hannah Lavery Writer and Director
Kirsty Currie Designer
Beldina Odenyo Composer and Musician
Saskia Ashdown, Patricia Panther, Courtney Stoddart