Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996 award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival at his college in Dublin, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.
Written and performed by Inua Ellams.
Produced by Fuel Theatre.
Also at Bridport Arts Centre.
Friday 1 December
THEATRE/ SPOKEN WORD – Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12 / £10 members and concessions / £5 Live for 5
Stef Conner – A Young Person’s Guide to the String Quartet
Fodé Lassana Diabaté – Sunjata‘s Time
Adam Caird and Charlotte Caird – A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, with narrator Mark Tattersall
A festive musical treat from one of the UK’s leading contemporary string quartets. This wonderful adaptation for strings and narrator of A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas’s own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works. Stef Conner’s new piece is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s much-loved work of a similar name. In the extraordinary Sunjata’s Time Malian composer Diabaté magically blends the rich musical heritage of West Africa with the sounds of the western string quartet.
Sunday 17 December
CLASSICAL MUSIC / SPOKEN WORD – Corn Exchange
3pm (doors & bar 2.30pm)
£16 / £14 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5
Codebreakers is one of the Second World War’s most fascinating stories. Allied Codebreakers deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used the intelligence gained to hasten Allied victory. Dr Mark Baldwin provides an entertaining and instructive account of the Enigma machine, the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park and U-boats.
The show is followed by a question and answer session and a hands-on demonstration of one of the very few surviving Enigma machines.
“Dr Mar Baldwin’s enthusiasm and knowledge had the audience spell-bound as he unravelled the mysteries, workings and dedication that went on at Bletchley Park.” (Susan Bailey, BCS Branch Committee)
Code Breakers – The Story of Enigma (Dr Mark Baldwin)
Sunday 21 January
Entertainment – Corn Exchange
2.30pm (doors & bar 2pm)
£14 / £12 members and concessions / £5 Live for 5