Tayo Aluko has quite a busy period coming up, with about as many performances of his show Lawyer as there are for Call Mr Robeson. This includes a May Day Double-Bill in London on May 1 – International Workers’ Day – in collaboration with Camden Trades Council, in celebration of Theatro Technis’s 60 years on the fringes of British Theatre.
April 20: Lawyer @ Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
April 21: Lawyer @ Threlkeld Village Hall, Cumbria
April 29: Robeson @ Chelmarsh Village Hall, Shropshire
May 1: Theatro Technis, London (Robeson and Lawyer double bill.
May 2: Book Launch: Black German, by Theodor Michael, Liverpool University (Reading extracts)
May 6: King’s College Old Boys’ Association, North America Branch. Gala event, North Bethesda, MD. Songs from Just An Ordinary Lawyer. Click here for info.
May 13: Robeson @ Crich Glebe Field Centre, Derbyshire
May 14: Lawyer @ Doncaster Unitarian & Free Christian Church
May 30, 31: Lawyer @ Manchester Central Library
June 3, 4: Lawyer @ Marlborough Theatre, Brighton Fringe
June 10: Robeson @ Playhouse Cinema, Leominster Festival
June 11: Lawyer @ The Place, Bedford
July 6 – 8: Robeson @ Tara Theatre, London
July 12 – 16: Robeson & Lawyer, Buxton Fringe Festival
Rural and urban stereotypes
Tayo produces a email update. In the latest one he writes:
‘Last weekend, I was travelling in “Middle England,” being creative. In two villages in rural Warwickshire and Staffordshire, I performed Call Mr. Robeson to entirely white audiences, the vast majority of whom were aged considerably over 50. I have become used to that since I started touring to rural venues here in the UK. The welcome I got in both those places was warm and lovely, and I was delighted that Paul Robeson’s story touched, moved and impressed them so much.
I mention this in the context of the recent vicious attack on a Kurdish asylum seeker in Croydon, near London, where the assailants appear to have been a group of people of different races, which suggests that one cannot assume that urban and multicultural equates to tolerant, or that rural and mono-cultural means resolutely racist and closed-minded, as “Brexiteers” are often described.’