CALL MR. ROBESON FOR SALE (SIGNS OF LIFE BEYOND THE GREAT MAN?) 4 December 2013
Paul Robeson is a great and 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.
The play is a roller coaster journey through Robeson's remarkable and eventful life, and 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.
"Mr. Robeson" Takes Sides With Teachers. Demo, London, October 17, 2013
"FIRST RATE" 4 Stars
Michael Billington, The Guardian
British Theatre Guide, October 2011
Written and Performed by Tayo Aluko
Directed by Olusola Oyeleye
Designed by Phil Newman
A PLAY FOR ALL AGES FROM 8 TO 105!!
Click here to see photo of Tayo with 105-year-old Hetty Bower and 8-year-old Shemaiah Wood, Theatro Technis, London, 22nd January 2011
GAZA: THE ARTIST MUST TAKE SIDES. Programme Note, 18 November 2012
PAUL ROBESON AND TRAYVON MARTIN: Comment March 29, 2012
Winner, Best Musical Performance,
Atlantic Fringe, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 2013
Winner, Best Solo Show, Stratford-upon-Avon Fringe, June 2013
Triple Winner (Impresario Award, Best Actor, Best Original Work) London Fringe, Canada, June 2012
Double Winner (Playwright & Performer), Ogeyinka Merit Awards for Excellence,
London, October 2010
Winner, Angel Award for Artistic Excellence; Best Male Performer: Brighton Festival Fringe, May 2008