PREVIEW: Custody, Ovalhouse Theatre

The show created by  Urbain Hayo and written by Tom Wainwright will play at the Ovalhouse Theatre from the 28th March. 


Another young black man dies in police custody. Apparently no-one is to blame. In 2016 how can that be so?

Directed by Gbemi Ikumelo, Custody is a fictional examination about the moment when another black man’s life is lost while in police custody.

Talking about the production Urbain Wolf said: “Since I watched the documentary film Injustice, the voices of the families of people who have died in police custody have stayed in my head, haunting me and bringing me to tears. Staging their stories in the theatre will allow more people to hear them and be inspired to do something to bring justice to these families.”

Custody is inspired by Migrant Media’s banned cult documentary films Injustice and Who Polices the Police and draws upon the real life experiences of families who have suffered from police injustice.

It is a theatre project led by The Art Machine, in collaboration with story consultancy group Emotive Narrative and award-winning theatre company FAITH Drama Productions, with the support of Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Custody will play at the Ovalhouse Theatre from the 28th March until the 8th April. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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