Ilé La Wà
Nigerian-British playwright tackles immigration, deportation and the Windrush scandal
How do you belong to a place that doesn’t see you?
This emotive question, which hangs over the heads of many ethnic minority communities who call the UK home, is the central theme tackled by Tolu Agbelusi’s debut play Ilé La Wà. The Windrush Scandal and the underlying anti-immigration stance during the Brexit campaign have reawakened conversations about race, identity and belonging within the UK.
Caught in the web of the government’s hostile environment four characters’ lives are interrupted when they can’t produce valid ID in a spot check. Whether they are actual targets or collateral damage is irrelevant. Held without answers as they wait for verification of their legal statuses, the tension will unravel them and lay bare the realities of always being ‘the other’ in the place you call home.
Ilé La Wà, which means ‘We Are Home’ in Yoruba, (a Nigerian dialect/language) is based on real stories from interviews, workshops and media accounts. It is a defiant affirmation that says ‘nobody gets to tell me where I belong’. Directed by Anni Domingo Ilé La Wà, starts a 6 city regional tour at the Proteus theatre in Basingstoke, April 10, 2019.
The cast includes Antonia Layiwola, Mamito Kukwikila, Winston Sarpong and Tolu Agbelusi.
Ilé La Wà @ Proteus Basingstoke RG21 3DH
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Ilé La Wà @ New Theatre Royal Portsmouth
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Ilé La Wà @ Arts at Stowe Buckingham
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Ilé La Wà @ Lowry Salford
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Ilé La Wà @ Streatham Space London
Friday & Saturday, May 17 – 18, 2019
Ilé La Wà @ Curve Leicester
Thursday, June 20, 2019