By Emily Aboud


Lagahoo Productions in association with The Pleasance

Supported by Arts Council England, Streatham Space Project, Pleasance Futures, The Gate Theatre and Camden People’s Theatre

‘A fascinating look at the origins and legacy of white supremacy’
The List

‘Abrasive and unapologetic’
Theatre Weekly

‘A superb and vibrant piece of theatre for our time’
The Scotsman

‘A fascinating piece of Caribbean history’
Culture Fix

‘An exceptional piece of entertaining and informative theatre’
British Theatre Guide

‘An incredibly bold, spirited piece’
Binge Fringe

‘Our modern life was built on the backs of the oppressed. If they were to demand repayment, would you be afraid?’

In 1791, a vodou ceremony begins the Haitian Revolution to end enslavement on the island.

In the present, a man is haunted by ghosts in his city.

From the creators of the highly acclaimed SPLINTERED (★★★★★ The Guardian) BOGEYMAN is a ghost story that playfully combines music, movement and history in the ultimate underdog story of resistance against the oppressor.

Powerful, moving and ultimately uplifting, BOGEYMAN is a thrilling, genre-defying tale of hope, rebellion and connection within a broken system.

Project History

Having received a seed commission from Camden People’s Theatre, the team completed an Arts Council funded R&D of BOGEYMAN to develop the text, explore the wider historical context of vodou and Haitian folklore, and develop the movement and design elements, with a focus on binaural sound design.

BOGEYMAN premiered for a sold-out preview at Camden People’s Theatre before a full run at the Queen Dome at Pleasance during Edinburgh Fringe 2022, where it was seen by over 1600 people and scored numerous glowing reviews from publications including The List and The Scotsman.

We are now actively seeking production opportunities for BOGEYMAN, particularly from venues, producers and funders who can help us realise the ambitious technical elements of the piece. To request the production pack and/or video, please email Producer, Grace Dickson.

Creative Team & Cast

Writer and Director Emily Aboud
Set & Costume Designer Hazel Low
Sound Designer Fran Amewudah-Rivers
Lighting Designer Lucía Sánchez Roldán
Stage Manager Naomi Denny
Dramaturg Phillippe Cato
Producer Grace Dickson
Assistant Producer (Edinburgh) Rory Thomas-Howes
PR Chloe Nelkin Consulting

Designer (R&D) Rosie Elnile
Sound Designer (R&D) Nicola Chang
Lighting Designer (R&D) Jess Bernberg
Movement Director (R&D) Tinovimbashe Sibanda
Stage Manager (R&D) Alice Wood
Assistant Director (R&D) Dominika Ucar
Engagement Producer (R&D) Belinda Clarke

Edinburgh Fringe Cast Deshaye Gayle, Hosanna Johnson, Nicholas Marrast-Lewis, Jacoba Williams
R&D Cast Nina Bowers, Deshaye Gayle, Nicholas Marrast-Lewis, Amanda Shodeko
Additional Devisers Kirk-Ann Roberts, Charlotte Dowding

Credit: Chewboy Productions

Photography Mihaela Bodlovic
Key Art Alex Brenner (Photography) & Izzy Rendell (Graphic Design)