Stage Play: Oluwale’s Story


The Hounding of David Oluwale
Sat 31st Jan 2009 To Sat 21st Feb 2009

The New Wolsey Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company and West Yorkshire Playhouse, as part of the Eclipse Theatre Initiative, present The Hounding Of David Oluwale

By Kester Aspden
Adapted for the stage by Oladipo Agboluaje

4th May 1969, the body of David Oluwale is pulled from the River Aire in Leeds. Eighteen months later, the investigation into his death ripped apart the police force, exposing the dark side of the shiny, new city in which he died. As police broke ranks to expose the two officers eventually prosecuted for involvement in Oluwale’s death, the horrific details emerged; of how an optimistic, ambitious Nigerian had arrived in the UK, only to become the destitute victim of police brutality.

Adapted from Kester Aspden’s critically acclaimed book, this timely, gripping play unravels the mystery of Oluwale’s life and violent death, revealing a chilling and resonant story of persecution and prejudice. Oladipo Agboluaje’s sensitive adaptation follows his previously acclaimed translation of Mother Courage, also for the Eclipse Theatre Initiative: “A bold and compelling adaptation. Agboluaje’s writing is sharp and pointed”


West Yorkshire Playhouse
From 31st January to 21st February 2009
Tickets £10 – £20, concessions available
For more details >

Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company
From 25th to 28th February 2009
Tickets £12 – £22, concessions available
For more details >

First recorded death in custody
Read more about David’s case >
While in Leeds David was persecuted by two police officers, Sergeant Ken Kitching and Inspector Geoff Ellerker, who assaulted and abused him as often as they could.

The David Oluwale Memorial Committee >
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