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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: 1 hour approx.

Recommended age guide: 14+

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

4 Stars

timely and necessary... both beautifully staged and unerringly brutal.

The Stage

5 Stars

disquieting, profoundly affecting and humbling piece of theatre.

All Edinburgh Theatre

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impassioned, poetic and alive with political import

The Guardian

0 Stars

this intimate online show strikes at the heart of its audience

The Courier

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