everyone could have a good, long conversation with everyone else, would
the world be a safer, more welcoming place for all the people who live
If we all knew each other’s stories, would we then know too much to argue or to judge?
questions spring from the poet/ playwright Inua Ellams’ story, from his
family’s complicated history in northern Nigeria to his still not yet
completely secure present life in Britain.
Ellams sits comfortably in
a chair throughout, the only visible sign of “performance” a deck on
which he cues the impressive music of DJ Sid Mercutio that accompany the
poems that bookmark his story.
His poems are unexpectedly
traditional and instantly accessible. Heavily alliterative and drivingly
rhythmic, they skirt the border of rap and are both a sturdy vehicle
for Ellams’ story and an entertainment in themselves.
Read the complete review in The West Australian