Lament for Sheku Bayoh - Edinburgh International Festival

Co-produced by Edinburgh International Festival, National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

ʻNo problem here pal. None at all.ʼ

In the early hours of the morning, 31 year-old Sheku Bayoh set out to walk home from his friend’s place after watching a boxing match. Just hours later, he had lost his life in police custody. Lament for Sheku Bayoh is a poetic expression of grief for the human behind the headlines and a non-apologetic reflection on racism in Scotland today.

Originally commissioned by The Lyceum and performed at the 2019 International Festival as a work in progress.

Lament for Sheku Bayoh inspires activities for schools as part of our year-round commitment to communities across Scotland. Find out more at

Part of the Edinburgh International Festival

Development work supported by the Stephen W Dunn Creative Fund

Contains strong language and descriptions of brutality and racial violence

Tickets go on priority sale for EIF Members on Wednesday 2 June, 10am and general sale on Friday 11 June, 10am. 

Cast and Credits


Writer and Director - Hannah Lavery 
Designer - Kirsty Currie
Composer and Musician - Beldina Odenyo


Saskia Ashdown
Patricia Panther
Courtney Stoddart

Dates, Times & Prices




25–28 Aug, 7.30pm 
26 & 28 Aug, 2.30pm


1hr 30mins approx. (no interval)