"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.
This award-winning roller-coaster journey through Robeson's remarkable and eventful life 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.
Tayo Aluko revives one of the 20th Century's most impressive but overlooked figures in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance, which was seen at New York's Carnegie Hall in February 2012.
TRIPLE WINNER (Imrpesario Award, Best Actor, Best Original Work) London Fringe (Ontario) June 2012 DOUBLE WINNER (Playwright,Performer), Ogeyinka Merit Awards for Excellence, London (UK), October 2010 WINNER: Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence; WINNER: Best Male Performer BRIGHTON FESTIVAL FRINGE, MAY 2008
"First-rate ... an admirable introduction to a great pioneering performer" 4 Stars The Guardian
"A stunning piece of musical theatre.... high quality drama, first class singing" Fringe Review, Edinburgh Fringe, 2010