Lament for Sheku Bayoh

Lament for Sheku Bayoh

  • Theatre
  • Online Event
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This is an online school offer, available anytime between Thu 10 March, 8.00pm – Sun 27 March, 11.59pm

Price: $5 per student, please enquire via

Suitability: Years 10-13 (Recommended age 14+)

Curriculum Links/Topics: Drama, English, Social Studies

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?

My Life As A….

Meet Hannah Lavery, the writer and director of Lament for Sheku Bayoh. In this bite-sized video, she discusses her work, creative process and passes on top tips for aspiring artists.

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Creative Learning Booking & Contact
For Creative Learning programme queries, contact our Creative Learning Programme Coordinator Kelly Gilbride.
Phone: 09 374 0339
SUPPORTED BY Creative NZ, Foundation North, and Annies

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.

School tickets $5


Watch this show online between 10 – 27 March



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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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