Take a rollercoaster journey through African-American actor, singer and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson’s remarkable life

Call Mr Robeson – A Life with Songs

Thursday 24 May

Preceded by a talk by Tayo Aluko at Shire Hall onWednesday 23 May

“First-rate … an admirable introduction to a great pioneering performer” 4 Stars The Guardian

“A stunning piece of musical theatre…. high quality drama, first class singing” Fringe Review, Edinburgh Fringe, 2010

“Never less than utterly believable” British Theatre Guide

Paul Robeson was a world-famous American actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he got too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he was branded a traitor to his country, was 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.

Thursday 24 May
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£13 / £11 / £5 Live for 5
Combined talk and show ticket £18 / £15 members & concessions