The Hounding of David Oluwale - 2009

adapted by Olapido Agboluaje from the book by Kester Aspden

4 May 1969 and 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.

“My name is David. David Oluwale”

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.


The Telegraph - 5 star review

The Guardian

British Theatre Guide

Tour dates

w/c 23 February 2009
Birmingham Rep

w/c 2 March 2009
Everyman Liverpool

w/c 9 March 2009
New Wolsey Ipswich

w/c 16 March 2009
Northcott Theatre, Exeter

w/c 23 March 2009
Hackney Empire, London

w/c 30 March 2009
Nottingham Playhouse


Chike / Jones - Howard Charles
Perkins - Ryan Early
David Oluwale - Daniel Francis
Kitching - Steve Jackson
Ellerker - Luke Jardine
Kaydoe - Richard Pepple
Alice / Patience - Clare Perkins
Janet / Meg - Laura Power
Other characters were played by the ensemble.

Creative Team

Director - Dawn Walton
Designer - Emma Wee
Lighting Designer - Johanna Town
Sound Designer - Mic Pool
Photos - Keith Pattison