Lament for Sheku Bayoh

Mon 23 – Sat 21 Nov

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


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?

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.


    Creative team



    Audio Described, BSL interpreted and Captioned versions of Lament for Sheku Bayoh are available.

    Audio Description by Emma-Jane McHenry.Listen to the Audio Flyer here.

    BSL Interpretation by Jacqui Beckford. Watch the BSL Trailer here.

    There is a visual guide for the show, which you can download here.

    Please book your tickets below and we will be in touch with guidance on how to view accessible versions of the show.

    If you have any queries, please contact us by email or call 0141 227 9019.