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Gavin Yule reviews Lament for Sheku Bayoh

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Lament for Sheku Bayoh, Edinburgh International Festival

The Lyceum, on now until 28 August

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A powerful ensemble, an emotionally charged script and incredible music come together as one in Lament For Sheku Bayoh. Sheku is a man who in 2015 died in police custody.

The ensemble of four performers take on a hard hitting, brutally honest script which is performed in a matter of fact way therefore letting the audience know very quickly that this piece is not a story of Sheku Bayoh as such but more a grief stricken lament as the ensemble take on the conversations and whispers of the public around the time of the event and also the newsreaders matter of fact sense of such events. Such a script is performed effortlessly by the cast. With incredibly moving musical moments composed and performed by Beldina Odenyo and a fantastic script by Hannah Laverty. Lament For Sheku Bayoh is a piece of theatre which does not require the audience to lose themselves in a story but asks them to think about their own life choices and decisions they might make.

Contains very strong language and descriptions of brutality and racial violence.

If you'd like to book a ticket for the show, follow this link: https://www.eif.co.uk/events/lament-for-sheku-bayoh#dates-and-times

Written by Gavin Yule