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May Day Radical Voices - Paul Robeson: The Giant, In A Nutshell
Thursday, 1 May 2014 - 7:30pm
The first of our two great May Day Radical Voices events. The second is Woody Guthrie: The Long Road to Peekskill on May 2nd.
Paul Robeson was one of the most famous Americans in the world in the first half of the twentieth century as an actor and singer - most notably for his rendition of Ol’ Man River and his portrayal of Shakespeare’s Othello. Somewhat less known about him is the fact that he was a pioneer of the modern African American civil rights movement, preceding Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jnr. by about two decades. He was also a strong socialist and champion of workers’ rights worldwide.
Award-winning Nigerian-born actor, writer and singer Tayo Aluko has travelled the world for many years telling Robeson’s story through his one-man play Call Mr. Robeson, and comes to the Continental on May Day to present PAUL ROBESON: THE GIANT, IN A NUTSHELL, in which he sings a selection of well known and more obscure songs and illustrates the story with pictures and stories of the great man.
Call Mr. Robeson was chosen by the Guardian’s Michael Billington to top his list of shows to see in London in January 2011, and cited by BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends presenter Clive Anderson as one of the most memorable plays he saw in 2013. Aluko has performed the play around the UK, the United States of America, Canada, Jamaica and Nigeria. As a classical baritone, he has sung as soloist at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, where he was accompanied by the Hallé Orchestra. He has also sung in concerts in Germany, Ireland and Nigeria.
Don't miss this rare chance to catch his performance here in Preston.
PLUS: Book Launch - Mark Our Words: We Will Rise - Episodes in Preston's Radical History
Edited by Michael Lavalette and Peter Marsden and published by Preston Socialist History Group, Mark Our Words has been funded by local trade unions.
In person from The Continental (01772 499 425), Action Records (01772 884 772) and Preston Visitor Information (01772 253 731)