New Deer Public Hall
Saturday 14 April 2018
Tayo Aluko & Friends
Suitable for 12+
“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. Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career.
This roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life highlights how his pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.
“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
“A brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art.” Dirt & Candy
“A must-see experience, a treasure of a show. TOP PICK!” DC Theater Scene
*(OAP, Full Time Education, Disability or Unemployment Benefit)
The Pharmacy, New Deer (01771 644217)
Food for Thought, New Deer (01771 644366)
Tickets also available on the door but booking advisable