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Five Years With The White Man
New Writing + Sight Unseen + LGBTQI

Five Years With The White Man

The untold story of the greatest 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 an 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*


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