Call Mr Robeson

As soon as Taylo Aluko, in the guise of Paul Robeson, takes to the stage we know we’re in for a treat. He is a commanding figure and his stage presence is impressive. I had heard of Paul Robeson before I went to the show but didn’t know much more than that he was a singer, had sung Ol’ Man River and starred in the musical Show Boat. That didn’t even touch the surface; I was about to be educated. 

It was an emotional story to watch and I came away richer for having seen it

Standing on the stage, surrounded by memorabilia from Robeson’s life, the story begins with him telling us about his wife, a constant presence in his life. He leads us through Robeson’s life journey with style and passion; through the years of success, through the years of being public enemy number one (to some) and on to the grief of losing his wife and finally to his decline in health. We are moved by Robeson’s battles against racism in his own country, the United States, and how he had only felt like he was truly accepted in Russia. We hear the speeches he delivered to try and make a difference. It was an accomplished and engaging performance from an actor and writer passionate about his subject.

Robeson’s songs were delivered beautifully, drawing us further into his story. Aluko has a wonderful baritone voice which is perfectly suited to this part and accompanying him is his faithful pianist Harriet, played with sensitivity by Ana Sofia Ferreira. After the final curtain we were treated to an opportunity to ask questions, the audience obliged and we learnt even more about Robeson and his life. It was an emotional story to watch and I came away richer for having seen it.

Reviews by Gill Balfour

The Southern Belle

Doktor James’ Kristmas Karol

★★★★★
Gulbenkian / Roedean School

Antigone

★★★★
The Old Market

Othello

★★★★★
New Venture Theatre

Lulu

★★★
Sweet Dukebox

So You Say

★★★★
Theatre Royal Brighton

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

A rollercoaster journey through singer Paul Robeson’s remarkable life, highlighting his pioneering and heroic political activism. Featuring some of his most famous speeches and songs, including Ol' Man River. [newline] Winner: Argus Angel Award, Brighton Fringe, 2008; [newline] Best Solo Show, Stratford Fringe, 2013.

Most Popular See More

Hairspray

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mary Poppins

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Back to the Future - The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets