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Lament for Sheku Bayoh

A Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh Edinburgh International Festival co-production

Lament for Sheku Bayoh
Written and Directed by Hannah Lavery

World Premiere

Acclaimed spoken word artist and playwright Hannah Lavery’s personal response to the tragic death of Sheku Bayoh is performed live at The Lyceum and streamed to you at home.

On Sunday 3 May 2015, 31 year-old Sheku Bayoh lost his life in police custody. The young black gas engineer, husband and father was in his hometown of Kirkaldy in Fife when he was killed, prompting the urgent question: is Scotland really safe?  

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 expression of grief for the loss of the human behind the headlines and a non-apologetic reflection on identity and racism in Scotland today.  

Originally commissioned by The Lyceum and performed at the 2019 International Festival as a work in progress as part of the You Are Here series, the complete work is now fully staged at The Lyceum and will be streamed to audiences at home. 

Writer and director Hannah Lavery is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary playwrights and was featured as part of National Theatre of Scotland’s Ghost Light in the 2020 International Festival’s My Light Shines On programme.  

Development work supported by the Stephen W Dunn Creative Fund. 

Contains strong language and descriptions of brutality and racial violence

Cast and Credits

in alphabetical order

Saskia Ashdown
Patricia Panther
Courtney Stoddart

Belinda Odenyo Guitarist/Vocatlist


Hannah Lavery Writer & Director
Kirsty Currie Designer
Caitlin Skinner Associate Director
Beldina Odenyo Composer/Sound Designer
Emma Jones Lighting Designer
Nat McCleary Movement Director
Ellie Thompson Video Designer
Fatima Uygun Creative Consultant


Lament For Sheku Bayoh trailer

Watch the trailer for the show here

Hannah Lavery discusses Lament For Sheku Bayoh

Dates, Times & Prices

The streaming times are:
Friday 20 November, 8pm
Saturday 21 November, 1pm and 8pm

Duration: Approx 1 hour

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.


BSL Interpretation, Captioning and Audio description will be available for each streamed performance – you will be able to select one of these at the point of viewing.


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