Inua’s first play, The 14th Tale was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Festival. Performed by Inua, it debuted at The Arcola Theatre and transferred to England’s National Theatre where it played to sold out audiences before national and international tours. His most recent, the critically acclaimed Black T-shirt Collection was a passionate, searing, modern fable about two foster brothers building a global t-shirt brand. It drew on Inua’s own experiences of religious tensions in Nigeria to tell a story about the universal longing for a place to call home.
Inua started writing for other performers with The Riddler - a short play for Theatre 503. His most recent is the critically acclaimed Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre). Others include New Dogs (Soho Theatre), The Calm (Royal Shakespeare Company) and The Half-God of Rainfall (Tricycle Theatre) and he has written radio and screen plays for the BBC, Wild Blood and Swipe Slow. Inua describes his plays as ‘failed poems’; they begin as concepts for poetry, where, as he writes, he discovers the subject matter to be better served by a multitude of voices and characters. His work is often produced by Fuel Theatre and he is represented by Tanya Tillet at The Agency.