Knightwatch | Inua Ellams | Almeida Theatre, London
Fuel Presents

Knight Watch

Inua Ellams
Mon 2 Jul 2012 - Tue 3 Jul 2012


Michael keeps away from the warring tribes until a passerby helps him out of a tight situation. Instantly, he is pulled into the culture he has tried to escape. As the city spirals out of control around him and battle lines are drawn, will Michael succeed in ending the war?

Site-specific performance at Spa Fields, Clerkenwell

Tickets can be bought on the door from 6.30pm. CASH ONLY.

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Click here for an audio guide to the performance

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Commissioned by the Albany. Funded by Arts Council England

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Read what the Press have to say about Inua Ellams

“Ellams offers an easy intimacy, and the story tumbles out with a low-key virtuosity, the words falling skittishly over each other.”
The Guardian on Black T-shirt Collection

“Ellams’ poetry is smooth enough to melt in the ear, yet packed full of snap, crackle and pop.”
Time Out on The 14th Tale



Inua Ellams is an award-winning poet, writer, teacher and performer. Growing up in Nigeria, London and Dubai he works extensively as a graphic designer/visual artist. In 2009, his debut play The 14th Tale toured nationally, achieving a prestigious Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, before returning to a sold-out run at the National Theatre. In 2010, his success continued when he was long-listed for the Alfred Fagan Award for playwrights of African and Caribbean descent. His plays include The Black T-shirt Collection, Untitled and The 14th Tale.

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Inua Ellams
Writer and Performer

Inua Ellams is an award-winning poet, playwright and performer. He has five books published including his most recent pamphlet of poems Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars (Flipped Eye, 2011). He has worked with amongst others: The Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, The National Theatre, BAC, Roundhouse, Soho Theatre, TATE Modern and Britain and the Southbank Centre. His first play The 14th Tale, won a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2009 before touring nationally and transferring to the National Theatre in Spring 2010.

Theatre includes: The 14th Tale (National Theatre / tour); Untitled (Soho Theatre / tour); Black T-Shirt Collection (National Theatre / tour)

Thierry Lawson

Thierry has been a youth theatre director for the past fifteen years and the resident youth productions director at the Tricycle Theatre. Before being offered a place on the Contact Theatre in Manchester's Live and Direct director's course, he worked with LIFT, Channel 4 and Tamtam Theatre. He directed the multi-award winning new writer's project for PUSH 01 at the National Theatre and the touring education programme for The Colour of Justice.

Theatre includes: The 14th Tale (National Theatre / tour); Untitled (Soho Theatre / tour); Black T-Shirt Collection (National Theatre / tour); The Last Heroes (Belgrade Theatre Conventry)

Zashiki Warashi

The Zashiki Warashi (ZW) drum and flute duo consists of Akinori Fujimoto (drums) and Mikey Kirkpatrcik (flutes). They have been playing as a duo for five years, with a huge amount of performance experience from the streets and tubes of London to the Queen Elizabeth Hall. They met studying for a music degree at Goldsmiths College .


The performances will take place at Spa Fields, Clerkenwell. Click here for a map of the venue.

Walking from the Almeida Theatre
Spa Fields is approximately a 22 minute walk of 1.1 miles / 1770 metres from the Almeida Theatre. Walk south down Upper street towards Angel, continue down St. John street, turn right down Rosebery Avenue and then left onto Rosoman Street or Tysoe Street. Continue going straight until you come to Spa Fields.

The nearest tube stations to Spa Fields are Angel, Farringdon and Barbican.

Buses 19, 38, 63, 153 and 341 all make stops within a short walking distance of Spa Fields

Parking is Zone A for resident permit holders only until 6.30pm



Evening performances 2 and 3 July at 7.30pm

Site-specific performance at Spa Fields Clerkenwell

Tickets available in advance from the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

Tickets can be bought on the door from 6.30pm. CASH ONLY.


Concessions (Jobseekers Allowance, Full-Time Students, Over 60s, Deaf and disabled patrons) £10.00
All concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility must be presented when booking and collecting tickets.

Festival Pass
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Young Friends of the Almeida £5
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Tickets may be purchased at the venue, cash only

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