No ordinary musical drama

Sept 22 Thomas Tosh Thornhill
Sept 23 Birchvale Theatre Dalbeattie
Sept 24 Swallow Theatre Whithorn
Sept 25 Swallow Theatre Whithorn

 

“The British Empire was trying desperately to hold on to its colonial possessions by any means … and the foul would often override the fair.”

Tunji Sowande arrived in London from Nigeria in 1945 to study law and pursue his interest in music. He rose to become a well respected barrister, the first Black Head of Chambers, and finally the first (part-time) Black Judge in Britain.

He was an active solo concert performer as a baritone singer, giving concerts for charities and to entertain residents of old people’s homes. On top of it all, he was a great lover of cricket, and became a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the home of cricket.

In an undefined setting, Sowande muses on Imperialism, Colonialism and Black people’s struggles for freedom, justice and human rights, in Africa and the diaspora. He is however not a political man – he prefers to do his job and watch sports. He is nonetheless does his bit to spread peace and love through the medium of music and song.

After the outstanding success of Call Mr Robeson, multi-award-winning Nigerian actor Tayo Aluko delivers another “brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art.”

“First Rate” The Guardian on Call Mr Robeson

“Another triumph … that thrills and touches” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

“Immensely enjoyable.” ★★★★ One4Review

“A superb play” (9/10) Liverpool Sound and Vision

“Every socialist, anti-racist and anti-imperialist will love this” Socialist Worker

“Prepare to be bowled over” Wirral Globe

TAYO ALUKO

Winner: Outstanding Theatre Award, Brighton Fringe, June 2016
Winner: Best Musical Performance. Atlantic Fringe, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 2013
Winner: Best Solo Show, Stratford-upon-Avon Fringe, UK, June 2013
Triple Winner: (Impresario Award, Best Actor, Best Original Work) London Fringe, Canada, June 2012
Double Winner: (Playwright & Performer) Ogeyinka Merit Awards for Excellence, London, October 2010
Winner: Angel Award for Artistic Excellence; Best Male Performer: Brighton Festival Fringe, May 2008