A young black man lost his life. Six years ago. In police custody. In Scotland.
Soon after 7am, on a Sunday morning - May 3rd, 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.
Lament for Sheku Bayoh is an artistic response to this 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?
A recorded version of the production will be streamed as part of Auckland Arts Festival from 10-27 March 2022 (only available to viewers in New Zealand).
A National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production.
Lament for Sheku Bayoh was originally commissioned and presented as a rehearsed reading by the Lyceum Theatre, supported by the Edinburgh International Festival as part of the 2019 International Festival’s You Are Here strand.
Development work supported by the Stephen W Dunn Creative Fund
Urgent, intimate... demands our attention
a painful and beautiful melding of irony and hope...
- In conversation with Hannah Lavery | Introduction
- Creating Lament for Sheku Bayoh | Tomiwa Folorunso in Conversation with Hannah Lavery
- Lament for Sheku Bayoh | Teaser
The recorded version of the show is available with BSL interpretation, Closed Captions and Audio Description.