Inua Ellams

Tags: New Writing Spoken Word

Inua is a word and graphic artist based in London. He was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to London as a teenager. Merging visual art, poetry and theatre, telling stories with iconic imagery, humour and beauty he writes about his upbringing, the experience of immigration and about living in London today, bringing words to life with pace and rhythm, cadence and intonation.


  • Image: Black T-Shirt Collection Photographer: Brian Roberts
  • Inua Ellams Photo by Brian Roberts


Black T-shirt Collection

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 3
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: 2 metres cubed and 600KG


A new story about two foster brothers building a global t-shirt brand. On their journey from a market in Nigeria to a sweatshop in China, Matthew and Muhammed discover the consequences of success.

Inua is the sole performer and the piece is suitable for end on studio spaces. 

Space requirements: 5m square with a hanging point for a 5m wide screen, max weight 50kg. 

The 14th Tale

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 3
  • Freight: No freight necessary


A free flowing mellifluous narrative that tells the hilarious exploits of a natural born mischief growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to roof tops in Dublin, and finally to London.

Inua was awarded a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival for The 14th Tale.

Inua is the sole performer. The show is suitable for flexible studio spaces.

Knight Watch

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 5
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: 20 ft ISO container


In a world where tower blocks are stone mountains and city walls are urban tapestries retelling epic fights, Michael keeps away from the warring tribes until a passerby helps him from a tight situation and he is pulled into the gang culture he tries to escape.

Knight Watch is performed outdoors and is best suited to urban locations such as parks, squares or wasteland. 

There are three performers: Inua and two musicians (a flautist and a drummer). 

Wraparound work

Inua can deliver post-performance discussions and workshops. He has taught in universities, schools, theatres and libraries and delivers cross-art form workshops which can combine poetry, performance and visual art.

Press Comments & Testimonials

"Black T-shirt Collection is a fluent, intense 70-minute confection and a tinglingly resonant celebration of the art of solo performance"

Evening Standard 

"Ellams' poetry is smooth enough to melt in the ear, yet packed full of snap, crackle and pop" 

Time Out 


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Artistic Director(s)

Inua Ellams

Contact details

Kate McGrath
Co-Director, Fuel

Lavender Hill
SW11 5TN

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