Outdoor poster with text reading "A young black man lost his life. Five years ago. In police custody. In Scotland."

Lament for Sheku Bayoh

Stream from home


A young black man lost his life. Five 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.

Performed live at The Lyceum and streamed to you at home. Lament for Sheku Bayoh asks the urgent question, is Scotland really a safe place?

Written and directed by Hannah Lavery

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.

Running Time: 45 mins approx.

Recommended age guide: 14+

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

Booking Information

Tickets for the stream of Lament for Sheku Bayoh are available on a ‘pay what you can’ scale of £5 to £25. This allows you to choose what to pay based on what you feel you can afford. No evidence or proof of circumstances is required. Whatever payment you can afford to make will be much appreciated as this will go towards covering the production and technical costs for this stream.

Once you book your digital ticket you will receive a confirmation email. We will contact you nearer the time with the stream link and full details of how to watch the show.


Audio description, BSL Interpretation, and Captioning will be available for each streamed performance. We will contact you with instructions on how to select these streaming options.

Please book your ticket below or contact us with any issues on email or call 0141 227 9019

The National Theatre of Scotland reserves the right to alter casts, performances, seating or ticket arrangements.

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