Call Mr Robeson – a life, with songs

17th Nov 2011 - 7:30pm

The Arts Centre

Tayo Aluko presents Call Mr Robeson – a life, with songs at the Rose Theatre.  A roller coaster journey of the world famous actor, singer and indomitable civil rights campaigner. 

Tickets £9.00 / £7.00 concessions.

“They say I’m meddling in the foreign affairs of 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.

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 some of his famous songs and speeches, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.

“A stunning piece of musical theatre…. high quality drama, first class singing”
Fringe Review, Edinburgh Fringe, 2010

For details of what’s on this season at the Rose Theatre, visit the Rose Theatre website.

If you’re interested in screenings of great films, see this season’s Short Cuts line-up in the Studio Theatre.

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