Call Mr Robeson Tayo Aluko & Friends 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. Touching on the great love he enjoyed with the people of Wales, this roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life highlights how his pioneering and heroic (but largely forgotten) political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol' Man River. "FIRST RATE" 4 Stars Michael Billington, The Guardian "A brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art." Dirt & Candy STANDING OVATION AT CARNEGIE HALL, FEB 2012 Written and Performed by Tayo Aluko Directed by Olusola Oyeleye Designed by Phil Newman A PLAY FOR ALL AGES FROM 8 TO 105!! ABOUT THE PERFORMER Tayo Aluko. Writer, Performer, Producer. Tayo was born in Nigeria, and now lives in Liverpool. As a baritone, he has sung as soloist in British concert halls accompanied by orchestra, and has also sung in Germany, Ireland and Nigeria. He has performed lead roles in such operas and musicals as Nabucco, Kiss Me Kate and Anything Goes. CALL MR ROBESON won the Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence and Best Male Performer Award at the 2008 Brighton Festival Fringe, Best Actor, Best Original Work and Impresario Awards at the London Fringe in Ontario in 2012, and Best Solo Show at the Stratford-upon-Avon Fringe in June 2013. He has performed the play around the UK, the United States of America, Canada and Nigeria, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall in February 2012 on the occasion of his 50th birthday. His second play, JUST AN ORDINARY LAWYER, has been touring since 2017. It looks at the history of British and other European imperialism, and anti-colonialist struggles in Africa and beyond, through the eyes of Britain's first Black judge. It involves singing and a love for spectator sports. His other piece titled FROM BLACK AFRICA TO THE WHITE HOUSE: a talk about Black Political Resistance, illustrated with Spirituals has also been performed in three continents. He researched, wrote and narrated to camera a piece on West African History before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which forms part of the permanent exhibit at Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum. A song from his CD, RECALLING ROBESON is featured as the July 2008 song of the month on the Labor Notes website. He follows in the giant footsteps of Paul Robeson by serving as the current President of the Birmingham Clarion Singers. In October 2013, he produced the inaugural Paul Robeson Art Is A Weapon Festival in Covent Garden, London, which featured speakers and performers from as far afield as South Africa and Canada.