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  • Posted 8 January 2019

    Alcohol, City Lights and Slow Songs – Tottenham workshop opportunity with Inua Ellams


    The deadline for this opportunity has now passed – if you’d like to find out more about future events and opportunities at LIFT please sign up to our mailing list.

    In 2011, Take Care, Drake’s second album dropped and Inua found the Lyrics ‘ Alcohol, City Lights and Slow Songs’ lurking in one of the songs. He started thinking a lot about what it means to live in a city like London in the context of that lyric and would like to gather a group of around 15 people to explore those ideas over the course of a week in February.

    Who is Inua Ellams?

    Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He’s best known for his play The Barber Shop Chronicles which leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala and Lagos. The show is currently touring America having taken UK and Australian audiences by storm over the last couple of years. He’s won loads of awards, written numerous books and plays, gained plenty of 4 & 5 star reviews for his work and is currently working on a number of projects for TV and film. Find out more about him on his website.

    What does he want to do?

    Drake’s second album Take Care carried on Drake’s established themes of More Money, More Heartbreak and The Ride, featuring The Weeknd and included the lyrics ‘Alcohol City Lights and Slow Songs’ which sparked an idea Inua would like to explore. Through a series of sessions, he wants to chat about what it’s like being a young person in an urban environment and find out more about different people’s encounters with alcohol – hilarious or ridiculous, tragic or poignant. He’d like to work with a group of 15 people over the course of a week, having informal conversations, playing a few games and exploring some of the discussions further using drama techniques.


    This is how Inua likes to gather information and stories that then feed into his work – that means he’ll be recording elements of the conversations so he can listen to them again as research for his work. These recordings will remain anonymous unless otherwise stated and we will always obtain permission before using any recordings in future. Following this initial project, Inua plans to develop the idea into a show with LIFT.

    Is this for you?

    We are looking for around 15 participants between the ages of 16 and 25 who live, work, or study in Tottenham and who will be able to commit to the majority of the project sessions (see below). You don’t need any experience in writing or performance to take part in this opportunity – we just want to work with people who are willing, who want to help out an artistic process and share their experience and who interested in trying something new.

    This is a paid opportunity.


    The project will be at the Bruce Grove Youth Space, 120 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, N17 6RA (nearest station: Bruce Grove Train Station, Bus routes: 243, 259, 149, 76, 476, 318 & 349 Bruce Grove Station, High Road within 3 minutes walking distance to centre).


    The sessions will take place across 18 – 22 February 2019 (half term):

    • Mon 18 Feb, 1-4pm
    • Tue 19 Feb, 1-4pm
    • Wed 20 Feb, 6-9pm
    • Thu 21 Feb, 6-9pm
    • Fri 22 Feb, 1-4pm
    • Fri 22 Feb, 5.30-8.30pm

    The deadline for this opportunity has now passed – if you’d like to find out more about future events and opportunities at LIFT please sign up to our mailing list.