Written and Performed by Tayo Aluko, With Michael Conliffe, Piano
Directed by Olusola Oyeleye, Designed by Phil Newman
“They say I’m meddling in the foreign affairs of the United States Government. Now, that’s too bad, ‘cause I’m going to have to continue to meddle…”
Paul Robeson is a world famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When over the years he gets progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel.
This rollercoaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life highlights how his radical activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by the leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.
Tayo Aluko revives one of the 20th Century’s most impressive but overlooked figures in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance, which was seen at New York’s Carnegie Hall in February 2012, and makes its London West End Debut in October 2013.
“First-rate … an admirable introduction to a great pioneering performer”
4 Stars The Guardian
“A stunning piece of musical theatre…. high quality drama, first class singing”
Fringe Review, Edinburgh Fringe, 2010
Winner, Best Solo Show, Stratford-upon-Avon Fringe, June 2013
Triple Winner (Impresario Award, Best Actor, Best Original Work) London Fringe, Canada, June 2012
Age recommendation: 12+
No violence, bad language, nudity or sexual content.
Show length: 75 minutes (no interval)
£10 and £8 (unwaged)
£5 for those attending conference
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