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

Lament for Sheku Bayoh
Written and Directed by Hannah Lavery

World Premiere

Acclaimed spoken word artist and playwright Hannah Lavery’s personal 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 Kirkaldy 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.

Contains strong language and descriptions of brutality and racial violence


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