Stay in the know.
Sign up for updates about events, news and special offers.
Five Years With The White Man
New Writing + Sight Unseen + LGBTQI

Five Years With The White Man

The untold story of the greatest gay black Briton you’ve never heard of

This show is part of Sight Unseen, a season curated by Isabel Adomakoh Young for The Takeover.

Explore the full season & find out more here!



ABC Merriman-Labor is a gay African satirist, whose dreams of becoming the greatest writer of his generation lead him on a defiant journey to the 'horrifying heart of whiteness': Edwardian London. Here, he wrestles with romantic ruin, financial catastrophe & severe writers' block to compose the first ethnographic account of the White Man ever attempted. But when details of his intimate friendship with John Roberts spark rumours back in Freetown, he is faced with an impossible choice: exposure or oblivion.

Five Years with the White Man is a tragicomic celebration of a long-forgotten figure, who defied the bigotry of empire.



'Rich, engrossing & characteristically spirited – you will leave with a broken heart and an enriched mind' ★★★★ Binge Fringe


'Exhilarating… a truly fresh take on storytelling★★★★ Salterton Arts


'Intensely touching... A delightful gem★★★★ The Reviews Hub


'Eloki Obi & Saul Boyer’s writing is crisp and full of wry humour... This ambitious production will stay with you long after you leave' The Prickle


'An engaging way of addressing the themes of legacy and memorial... intimate & moving' Once A Week Theatre



Writer | Eloki Obi & Saul Boyer
Performer | Joey Akubeze
Director | Sam Rayner
Associate Director | Nebiu Samuel
Sound Designer | Frederick Waxman
Producers | Sam Rayner & Saul Boyer for Unleash The Llama

Ticket Price

£10 - £25.50


27 Mar - 2 Apr


King's Head Theatre



Duration | 75 min approx. 
Age | 14+
Content Warning | Strong language, threat, themes of homophobia, racial prejudice, discrimination, discriminatory language, references to suicide, substance abuse, terminal illness & death.


Part of the Sight Unseen season ticket offer!*

  • Book x2 shows, get 10% off.
  • Book x3 or more shows, get 20% off.

Excluding £10 tickets*


Comedy + Main House Later

Eurovision Your Decision

A true homage to Eurovision! Completely Camp & Absolutely Bonkers!

Comedy + Main House

Houdini's Greatest Escape

Drama + Main House

How to Survive Your Mother

The true story of a Technicolor woman in a black and white world

Comedy + Main House Later

Hot Queer Magic (part of Liebenspiel's Late Night Week)

Get ready to immerse yourself in a riot of colours, laughter, and artistry.

Comedy + Main House Later

Liebenspiel’s Late Night Week Presents: Late Night with Terry Wogan

Terry Wogan is back from the dead as part of his ongoing attempt to return to light entertainment no matter the cost. Featuring interviews with “real” celebrities and accompanied by a live band.

Comedy + Main House Later

Hot Rubber (part of Liebenspiel’s Late Night Week)

Join your hosts for the world's only Scalextric tournament/comedy night. Six comedians have designed their own remote-controlled cars, ready for victory or destruction on the track.