WRITER and performer Tayo Aluko brings his show Call Mr Robeson to Derby’s Guildhall Theatre on Friday, January 28, from 7.30pm.
Paul Robeson is a great actor, singer and civil rights campaigner but when he gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, is harrassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel.
This rollercoaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable life highlights how his activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement.
It features some famous songs and speeches, and a defiant testimony to the Senate House Un-American Activities Committee.
Tayo Aluko brings one of the 20th century’s most impressive, but overlooked, figures back to life in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance.
Tickets for Call Mr Robeson cost £10 (£8 concessions). Call the box office for more details on 01332 255800.