Lament for Sheku Bayoh

Lament for Sheku Bayoh

  • Theatre
  • Online Event
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Watch this show online from Thu 10 March, 8.00pm – Sun 27 March, 11.59pm

A young black man lost his life. Six years ago. In Scotland. In police custody.

Soon after 7.00am, on a Sunday morning, 3 May 2015, Sheku Bayoh, a 31-year-old gas engineer, husband, and father of two, died in Police custody on the streets of his home town – Kirkcaldy, Fife.

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. An artistic response to tragedy, 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, Lament for Sheku Bayoh asks the urgent question: is Scotland really a safe place?

Recommended for ages 14+

Warning: contains strong language and descriptions of brutality and racial violence

This production was originally recorded in the United Kingdom and is interpreted in British Sign Language. Closed Captions are automatically available on this stream. Audio description is also available for this performance. Please get in touch with our Access & Inclusion Coordinator if you have any questions about BSL interpretation and this production:

Streaming only available in NZ

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Individual $20
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“[A] painful and beautiful melding of irony and hope”

The Scotsman
4 Stars

“Urgent, intimate... Demands our attention.”

The Times


  • A National Theatre of Scotland
  • Edinburgh International Festival
  • and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production
Writer & Director
  • Hannah Lavery
  • Kirstie Currie
  • Beldina Odenyo
Video Designer
  • Ellie Thompson
Lighting Designer
  • Emma Jones
Movement Director
  • Nat McCleary
Associate Director
  • Caitlin Skinner
Additional Music
  • Alex Dean
  • Saskia Ashdown
  • Patricia Panther
  • Courtney Stoddart
  • Beldina Odenyo
  • Mihaela Bodlovic


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