Actor’s tribute to political activist Paul Robeson

Call Me Robeson at Buxton Opera House on January 30
Call Me Robeson at Buxton Opera House on January 30

Paul Robeson was one of the 20th century’s most impressive but overlooked figures.

Following a successful career as a famous actor and singer, 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 recreates Paul’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.

Its evocative soundtrack includes a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.

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.”

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