Adura Onashile is of Nigerian descent, working within theatre and physical theatre. She began developing her own practice in 2011 with a 15-month residency on the Shared Territories programme at the Edinburgh Mela exploring the concepts of Dreamtime, the Songlines and Walkabout from indigenous Australian culture.
In 2012/13 with an EMERGE bursary from the National Theatre of Scotland, she led a collaborative research and development project- Ghosts of Glasgow- inspired by found architectural sites with a hidden history.
In 2013/14 at Cove Park, Adura wrote the true story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were taken without her permission and used as the raw material for some of the most important scientific discoveries of the last 100 years. As the Lead artist, writer and solo performer of HeLa, she developed a process of working with a dramaturg, director, choreographer, and video, set and lighting designers towards a production of Hela. The show’s successful run at the Edinburgh fringe won the Scottish Arts Club and Edinburgh Guide Best Scottish Contribution to Drama on the Fringe 2013 as well as being nominated for a TOTAL Theatre Award, Amnesty Freedom of Expression award and CATS award for best female performer. The show embarked on an international tour to India, Brazil, Trinidad, Jamaica, South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand.
Adura is at Cove Park writing Expensive S**t – the story of a Nigerian nightclub toilet attendant working in the toilets of a fictional club based on the Shimmy club in Glasgow – in collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland and the WOW festival, SouthBank Centre, London.