Re-opening after refurbishment, the Donmar has an enticing Autumn season of work that includes the world premiere of Cordelia Lynn’s Love and Other Acts of Violence and Rory Kinnear in a stage adaptation of Force Majeure before the promise of Kit Harrington playing Henry V early next year. But things kick off with another chance to see Inua Ellams’ unique poetry show, Search Party, in which the poet and playwright responds to audience suggestions and riffs and raids his back catalogue to respond immediately. Sometimes thoughtful and quiet, at other times riotous, and always disarming.
Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams (Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half-God of Rainfall) brings his audience-led poetry event to the Donmar Warehouse. Prompted by audience suggestions, Inua Ellams will search through his extensive archive of work and perform a reactive and spontaneous selection. Each show is unique and special. Inua Ellams’ first play, The 14th Tale, debuted at Arcola in 2010 and later transferred to the National Theatre; his KnightWatch: SouthS’tory was also produced here in 2012. Barber Shop Chronicles has played two sell-out runs at the National Theatre and a world tour. Across his work, Inua mixes the old with the new: traditional African storytelling with contemporary poetry, pencil with pixel, texture with vector images, with an emphasis on themes of identity, displacement and destiny.