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Call Mr Robeson: A Life, With Songs

When:

Thu 26 Feb 2015, 8:30pm–9:50pm
Fri 27 Feb 2015, 8:30pm–9:50pm
Sat 28 Feb 2015, 8:30pm–9:50pm
Sun 1 Mar 2015, 4:30pm–5:50pm
Sun 1 Mar 2015, 7:30pm–8:30pm

Where: The Moorings, 31 Glenbervie Terrace, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $18.00
  • Concession: $14.00
  • Fringe Addict: $14.00
  • Artist Card: $14.00
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Listed by: nzfringe

Presented by Tayo Aluko & Friends
(Music; Theatre)

“They say I’m meddling in the foreign affairs of the United States Government. Now, that’s too bad, ‘cause I’m going to have to continue to meddle...”

Paul Robeson is a world famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When over the years he gets progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment's liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career.

This roller coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life highlights how his radical activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by the leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.

Tayo Aluko revives one of the 20th Century’s most impressive but overlooked figures in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance, which was seen at New York’s Carnegie Hall in February 2012, and in London’s West End in October 2013.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS VENUE IS UP A STEEP HILL AND NOT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. A SHORT WALK IS REQUIRED TO REACH THIS VENUE.