3 July 2019
Buxton Fringe Welcomes Back Plays About Paul Robeson and Anti-Colonial, Anti-Racist Struggles, July 11, 12, 18 & 19
Rotunda Theatre is to play host to two one-man plays written and performed by British Nigerian actor and singer Tayo Aluko as part of the 40th Buxton Fringe, two years after Aluko's last performances there
Call Mr. Robeson 11 & 18 July
A roller-coaster journey through African-American actor and singer Paul Robeson’s remarkable life, highlighting his pioneering and heroic political activism. Features Ol’ Man River and other famous songs, much fiery oratory, and a defiant testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee.
- “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
- "Never less than utterly believable" British Theatre Guide
- "Simply told but immensely powerful" The Scotsman
- “A must-see experience, a treasure of a show. TOP PICK!” DC Theater Scene
Just An Ordinary Lawyer 12 & 19 July
He is Britain’s first Black judge, a fine singer and keen cricket lover. Finding himself stranded in the Heart of Empire, Nigerian Tunji Sowande muses on Black liberation struggles worldwide. He insists he is no political aficionado, but is content to contribute through his music and songs.
- “A fascinating show ... packs in so much” (4 stars) The Guardian
- “Another triumph … that thrills and touches” (5 Stars) British Theatre Guide
- “Immensely enjoyable.” (4 Stars) One4Review
- “A superb play” (9/10) Liverpool Sound and Vision
- “Every socialist, anti-racist and ¬anti-imperialist will love this” Socialist Worker
- “Prepare to be bowled over” Wirral Globe
- “A brilliant … piece of theatre.” Monday Magazine, Victoria, BC, Canada
Aluko, who once performed Call Mr. Robeson in New York’s Carnegie Hall, and last visited Dublin with the play in late 2014 said, “Buxton is a place I have been visiting as a performer for several years - my time in competitive music festivals - and it is always a pleasure to return to such a beautiful place with these inspiring stories. I'm looking forward to being back there very much.”
Mr. Aluko will be accompanied on piano for both plays by Tim Mottershead.
Call Mr. Robeson. A Life, With Songs.
Written and performed by Tayo Aluko, with Tim Mottershead, Piano.
Directed by Olusola Oyeleye, Designed by Phil Newman
Thursdays 11 and 18 July 2019, 7.20pm
Length: 85 mins, no interval
Tickets: £12 Age Recommendation: 12+
Just An Ordinary Lawyer. A Play, With Songs.
Written and performed by Tayo Aluko, with Tim Mottershead, Piano. Directed by Amanda Huxtable, Designed by Emma Williams
Fridays July 12 & 19 2019, 7.20pm (Saturday matinee, 3pm)
Tickets: £12 Age Recommendation: 14+