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Five Years With The White Man

Unleash The Llama

Tue 28th Feb - Sun 5th Mar
19:50,19:10,16:10 (
60 mins)
Theatre
Black Voices / LGBTQIA+ Voices / New Writing
Tickets from £13.50
Venue: Studio
Age Guidance: 15+
Strong language & discussion of racial prejudice.

This is the story of the greatest Black Briton to have ever been forgotten.

ABC Merriman-Labor is an African satirist on a mission. His dreams of becoming the greatest writer of his generation lead him on a death-defying journey to the very heart of empire: London. Here, he will discover if he and his dreams can survive the brutality of imperial ‘justice’.

Labor’s dazzling writings on his experiences in the imperial capital subvert the colonial gaze with razor sharp wit – but when details of his intimate friendship with John Roberts spark rumours back in Freetown, he is faced with an impossible choice: exposure or oblivion.

Featuring a kaleidoscope of characters, ‘Five Years With The White Man’ is the radical debut play of the late historian Alfred Sesay, performed with additional material by his partner Dumebi Okafor.

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Tue 28th Feb
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Thu 2nd Mar
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Fri 3rd Mar
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Sat 4th Mar
7.10pm
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Sun 5th Mar
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Unleash The Llama

Unleash the Llama stages ambitious narrative comedies, addressing emerging socio-political themes with an absurdist tone and historical bent.

Described as ‘hard to take your eyes off’ (The Scotsman) and ‘accomplished, spirited and genuinely hilarious’ (EdFest Magazine), Unleash the Llama’s idiosyncratic style is inspired by the personal narratives of its award-winning collaborators, who have been shortlisted for the RSC’s Other Prize, Papatango, and the Cannes ‘Series in Development’ Award.

With a track-record of sold-out shows, including its 5* 2019 romantic comedy ‘JEW... ish’ and 5* historical thriller 'Man of 100 Faces' (both Gilded Balloon/Kings Head Theatre) Unleash the Llama is determined to capture the imagination of its audiences with its most atmospheric and prescient story to date: ‘Five Years with the White Man’.

Press & Reviews

Praise for Previous Work:


The List - ★★★★★ - ‘a fearless display of physicality that shape-shifts from ludicrous tomfoolery to raw menace’ (for ‘BLEED’ - Sam Rayner as Movement Director)


The Guardian - ★★★★★ - ‘this show’s razzle-dazzle song-and-dance opener is intensely funny [and] utterly sublime’ (for ‘SHEEPS: Live & Loud’ - Sam Rayner as Movement Director)


Within Her Words - ★★★★★ - 'I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed quite so much at a piece of theatre.' (for 'JEW...ish' - Saul Boyer as Writer)


The Prickle - ★★★★★ - 'Though historical research comes across in every line...make no mistake: the show is hilarious, and probably the best one-man play you will see at the Edinburgh Fringe.' (for 'Man of 100 Faces' - Saul Boyer as Writer)


London West End Theatre Tickets - ★★★★ - 'JEW…ish is a contemporary gem that deftly and delightfully delineates the resulting comic fault lines.' (for 'JEW...ish' - Saul Boyer as Writer)


The Scotsman - ★★★★ - ‘physical theatre at its most immaculate’ (for 'The Man Who Thought He Knew Too Much' - Sam Rayner as Co-Director)

Cast & Creative Team Writers: ELOKA OBI & SAUL BOYER
Director & Dramaturg: SAM RAYNER


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