Something Dark tells the remarkable true story of Lemn Sissay’s upbringing. Given up by his Ethiopian mother and raised between children’s homes and foster care, he first discovered his real name at the age of 18 and began the search for his family and true identity.

Originally directed by John McGrath (National Theatre of Wales) and having received praise worldwide, Something Dark has recently been included on the national syllabus.

In advance of a full tour of the performance later this year, we are delighted that Lemn is bringing his acclaimed one-man play to Bradford Literature Festival for a special preview performance.

About The Host

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay MBE is the author of several books of poetry, articles, records, public art, and plays and he was the official poet for the London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park, and he now serves as Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His life story is nothing short of incredible; Google “Lemn Sissay” and all the returning hits will be about him. There is only one Lemn Sissay in the world.