SOAS University of London

SOAS student playwright’s production on Olaudah Equiano to cap off Black History Month season at historic National Trust venue

4 November 2014

SOAS student Adam Tulloch, BA History, will be directing his original piece entitled Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African from 26-29 November at the National Trust’s Sutton House in east London.

The play considers the early life of Olaudah Equiano, a young West African who was enslaved at the age of eleven and went on to become one of London’s most famous citizens and a key figure in the abolition of slavery. Sutton House, the oldest domestic residence in the East End will provide a fitting backdrop for the production.

The production is being brought to London by Total Insight Theatre after already being shown at venues across the United Kingdom including at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. According to the company’s website, the story is “an honest, uncompromising and moving portrayal of Equiano’s life.”

The play has already received some very favourable reviews - The Scotsman stating that the production is “a distressingly dramatised portrait of suffering and endurance performed with unrelenting, inescapable force.”

Adam said: “It's been an amazing experience taking the show to numerous venues around London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer; as well as working with such talented actors who were all so well received. Since Equiano is such a significant figure, I'm glad people can see his story brought to life. Sutton House is a remarkable venue and it's a privilege to close their Black History season.”

Early Bird tickets for this event are on sale now.  For more information about the production, please visit Total Insight Theatre’s website.