Midland Cultural Centre Feature ONLY Ontario Performance of UK's Award-Winning CALL MR. ROBESON. A LIFE, WITH SONGS in their Black History Month Series
Midland Cultural Centre's first musical presentation in their 2018 Black History Month series "Sugar and Gold: Stories of the Underground Railroad" received a standing ovation! For their second presentation in this exciting series, they are honoured to welcome back to Canada UK actor, baritone and writer Tayo Aluko portraying Paul Robeson in Aluko's highly-acclaimed production of "Call Mr. Robeson. A Life, With Songs" - its only Ontario date on its first Canadian tour since winning the Best Actor, Best Original Work and Impresario awards at the London Fringe; the Best Solo Show at the Stratford Fringe and the award for Best Musical Performance at the Atlantic Fringe in Halifax.
Sun Feb 18 Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Tickets: $30 / $35 - Order Online at: http://www.midlandculturalcentre.com/page.php?page=Events&pageType=events&eventid=100045599
or call 705-527-4420
In this play, Paul Robeson is a world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment's liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, is harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. This roller-coaster journey through Robeson's remarkable life highlights how his pioneering and heroic political activism led many to describe him as the forerunner of the civil rights movement. It features some famous songs (including a dramatic rendition of Ol' Man River), speeches, and a spectacularly defiant testimony to the Senate House Un-American Activities Committee. One of the 20th Century's most impressive but overlooked figures is revived in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance, which was performed at New York's Carnegie Hall in 2012.Tayo Aluko was born in Nigeria, and now lives in Liverpool, UK. As a singer, he has fronted orchestras as baritone soloist in concert halls, and performed lead roles in operas and musicals. He wrote and performs his one-man play about the African-American actor, singer and pioneer civil-rights activist, Paul Robeson. CALL MR ROBESON has won numerous awards at festivals internationally, as well as highly-favourable reviews in the press - most notably in the Guardian and on BBC Radio 4. He has toured the play around the UK, the USA, Canada, Jamaica and Nigeria, including New York's Carnegie Hall in 2012. He delivers a lecture/concert called Paul Robeson - THE GIANT, IN A NUTSHELL, and another one titled FROM BLACK AFRICA TO THE WHITE HOUSE, which is a talk about Black Political Resistance, illustrated with spirituals. He premiered a new play JUST AN ORDINARY LAWYER in August 2016.
Much more about Tayo Aluko and "Call Mr. Robeson" on this website: www.callmrrobeson.com
Watch powerful clips from "Call Mr. Robeson" on this video:
Midland Cultural Centre presents a full series of concerts celebrating Black History Month:
Sat Jan 27: "Sugar and Gold: Stories of the Underground Railroad"
Sun Feb 18: "Call Mr. Robeson"
Fri Feb 23: "Jully Black"
Wed Mar 7: "Black Umfolosi"
Ticket Ordering and Concert Info at: https://midlandculturalcentre.ticketfly.com