Tayo Aluko’s Robeson and Lawyer Shows Diary



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.’



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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