Olaudah Equiano

Telling the story of the influential Black Londoner

Olaudah Equiano

★★★★ Broadway Baby

“One of the best pieces of historical theatre I have seen in a number of years.”
Matthew Dziennik, British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

“Direct, powerful and brutal depiction of slavery, staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”
The List

“A dramatised portrait of suffering and endurance performed with unrelenting, inescapable force.”
The Scotsman

Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award nominee

Set in the heart of West Africa during the height of the British slave trade, we present the life of Olaudah Equiano from when he was enslaved to becoming one of our most famous and influential Black Londoners.

Creative team

Adam Tulloch – Writer & Director
Sian Edwards – Assistant Director
Sharon Henry – Movement Director
Jamal Hue-Bonner – Sound Director


Jonathan Luwagga – Olaudah Equiano
Marie-Helene Boyd – Sister
Alessandro Babalola – Trader
Chin Nyenwe – Trader

Performance history

Hen and Chickens Theatre
Etcetera Theatre
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
National Trust’s Sutton House

In partnership with:

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