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Lament for Sheku Bayoh

A Edinburgh International Festival, National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production

Acclaimed spoken word artist and playwright Hannah Lavery’s artistic response to the tragic death of Sheku Bayoh is performed live at The Lyceum and streamed to you at home.

On Sunday 3 May 2015, 31 year-old Sheku Bayoh lost his life in police custody. The young black gas engineer, husband and father was in his hometown of Kirkcaldy in Fife when he was killed, prompting the urgent question: is Scotland really safe?  

Bayoh’s family launched a campaign seeking justice and in 2019 a judge-led inquiry was announced to determine the manner of his death and whether ‘actual or perceived race’ had played a part in it. 
Lament for Sheku Bayoh: is an expression of grief for the loss of the human behind the headlines and a non-apologetic reflection on identity and racism in Scotland today.  
Originally commissioned by The Lyceum and performed at the 2019 International Festival as a work in progress as part of the You Are Here series, the complete work is now fully staged at The Lyceum and will be streamed to audiences at home. 

Writer and director Hannah Lavery is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary playwrights and was featured as part of National Theatre of Scotland’s Ghost Light in the 2020 International Festival’s My Light Shines On programme.  

BSL Interpretation, Captioning and Audio description will be available for each streamed performance – please select when booking as required. 

The streaming times are:
20 November at 8pm 
21 November at 1pm and 8pm

Contains strong language and descriptions of brutality and racial violence.

The fact that it is a group of women coming together to create this lament for Sheku Bayoh feels important, it feels that that’s the energy it was written in.

Hannah Lavery, playwright

Watch our interview with playwright Hannah Lavery where she discusses creating Lament for Sheku Bayoh

Hannah Lavery in rehearsal for Lament for Sheku Bayoh
British Sign Language
20 Nov, 8pm 21 Nov, 1pm & 8pm
Captioned Performance
20 Nov, 8pm 21 Nov, 1pm & 8pm
Audio Described Performance
20 Nov, 8pm 21 Nov, 1pm & 8pm

A National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival and Royal Lyceum Theatre Company co-production.

Writer and Director Hannah Lavery
Associate Director Caitlin Skinner
Designer Kirsty Currie
Composer Beldina Odenyo
Lighting Designer Emma Jones
Movement Director Nat McCleary
Video Designer Ellie Thompson
Creative Consultant Fatima Uygun

Saskia Ashdown
Patricia Panther
Courtney Stoddart 

20-21 November 2020