ordinary-lawyer-2-copyThe remarkable Tayo Aluko & Friends bring to life, with words and music, the story of a Nigerian man who arrived in Britain in 1945 and overcame all barriers to achieve an extraordinary goal.

 

Tunji Sowande quietly broke through all obstacles to become Britain’s first Black Judge in 1978. Also a fine concert singer, jazz musician and cricket lover, he muses on international politics and history as they affect the Black world from Africa to the USA and Britain, from the point of view of one who would rather watch sports, and spread love and peace through the medium of song.

 

Recalling heroic sporting achievements alongside epoch-defining political events, former Everyman & Playhouse Writer in Residence Tayo Aluko offers another brilliant history lesson delivered as truly inspiring theatre.

 

Tayo Aluko & Friends was set up to tell stories and showcase artists that present Africa and her descendants in a positive light. Their inaugural event was a concert at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall featuring the music of among others, Duke Ellington, Samuel Coleridge Taylor and the contemporary Nigerian composer, Akin Euba.

 

Over the last eight years they have toured the award-winning play Call Mr. Robeson across the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Jamaica, Nigeria and New Zealand. They also organise the Art is a Weapon Festival which brings together activists, academics and historians to talk about anti-racism and black history.

 

 

Tuesday 25 October, 7.30pm


Burdall’s Yard, 7a Anglo Terrace, Bath BA1 5NH

 

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions)

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