David Oluwale, play makes news nationally

The Hounding of David Oluwale

In a true story that shook the city of Leeds in the early 1970s, Eclipse Theatre presents a harrowing account of The Hounding of David Oluwale.

Directed by Eclipse Theatre’s Artistic Director Dawn Walton, David’s story of racial and social injustice at the hands of the Leeds City police force will be staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse in the 40th anniversary year of his death, before beginning a UK tour.

“My Name Is David, David Oluwale”

On the 4 of May 1969 the battered body of a 38 year old man is pulled from the River Aire. An internal police inquiry will follow, revealing how he had been the victim of horrific, systematic, police brutality.

Based on Kester Aspden’s award winning book, Oladipo Agboluaje brings David Oluwale back to Leeds to tell his story, face to face with the Scotland Yard Detective charged with investigating the case. From the prayers of his Maa’mi in Lagos and the glitter of the Mecca Dance Hall to the vagrant shelters of a city that’s trying to recreate itself, this is a story of one man searching for justice and another who just wanted to find home.

West Yorkshire Playhouse, The New Wolsey Theatre, Birmingham Repertory and Nottingham Playhouse as part of the Eclipse theatre initiative.

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10 February 2009

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