Black T-shirt Collection

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“Ellams has an easy, laid-back charisma … You sink into his storytelling”

- ★★★★ Time Out London

Black TShirt Collection

Arts Centre Melbourne in association with Fuel present presents

Black T-shirt Collection

Written and performed by Inua Ellams

A game-changer in British theatre, don’t miss Inua Ellams as he brings his acclaimed one-man show to Melbourne.

Ellams has charmed audiences around the world with his laid-back charisma and melodic storytelling style, and received great acclaim for his 2017 National Theatre production Barber Shop Chronicles.

Black T-shirt Collection tells the story of two Nigerian brothers whose differences – one gay, one straight; one Christian, one Muslim – are nothing compared to the fierce bond they share.

From humble beginnings in Nigerian markets they build a t-shirt brand that takes them on an adventure around the world: to the bazaars of Cairo, the nightclubs of Europe and the sweatshops of China.

Black T-shirt Collection began its journey at the National Theatre of Great Britain, and carries with it all that is most urgent today, wrestling with migration, religion, homophobia and consumer culture.

“A spoken-theatre performer with a quiet, compelling presence and a tripping tongue”  – The Guardian UK

"… a tingling, resonant celebration of the art of solo performance"  – London Evening Standard



About Inua Ellams

Inua Ellams’ solo shows has been performed at the National Theatre and around the world. Merging visual art, spoken word and theatre to tell stories drawing on his upbringing, exploring the experience of immigration and of living in London today. His breathtaking style of performance brings words to life with pace and rhythm, cadence and intonation.

Ellams lives and works in London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal art project, and The R.A.P Party (Rhythm And Poetry Party), where he gathers 10 poets to celebrate the art form in an evening of hip-hop-inspired poems and hip-hop songs.

A prolific TED talker, Ellams has spoken about black masculinity, negative effects of masculinity and that not all immigrants are lost. In 2010, he was long-listed for the Alfred Fagan Award for playwrights of African and Caribbean descent.


5 – 10 September

Tuesday 5 September, 8pm
Wednesday 6 September, 1pm* & 8pm
Thursday 7 September, 8pm^
Friday 8 September, 8pm
Saturday 9 September, 8pm
Sunday 10 September, 5pm

*Combined Education performance
^Auslan performance

Post Show Q&A: Wednesday 6 September, 1pm


Fairfax Studio


Price range

Three international theatre works make up the Big World, Up Close series.

Three shows $90 (save $24 per ticket)
Two shows $80 (save $15 per ticket)

Adult: $54

Concession: $45
Under 30s: $30

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