Paul Robeson was one of the 20th century’s most impressive but overlooked figures. He had a successful career as a famous actor and singer but not many people know he was a political activist and played a huge role in the civil rights movement in America.
In a compelling tour-de-force performance, writer and actor Tayo Aluko brings to life Robeson’s interesting life in his one-man play Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with Songs – due to play at Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton on Friday January 30.
The play follows the remarkable events of Robeson’s life including being branded a traitor to his country when he became too radical for the establishment. With its intriguing and engaging script and poignant and evocative soundtrack (including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River) Call Mr Robeson has been described as ‘A stunning piece of musical theatre’ and is a ‘thrilling’ tribute to an unsung but prolific figure.The Guardian’s theatre critic Michael Billington chose Call Mr Robeson as his top pick for things to see in London in January 2011.
Aluko, who has performed the play on stages across the UK, USA, Canada and Jamaica, and who is recently back from a performance in Nigeria said, “I have a long and pleasant history with Buxton, having competed successfully in festivals there decades ago. I am so pleased to be returning there with this wonderful story of Paul Robeson whose life reminds us of how connected we all are, through music and in many other ways.”
Tickets for Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with Songs are priced at £14 and discounts are available. To buy tickets or for more information call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or book online at http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk