On Stage at Vancouver's Havana Theatre

May 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM - May 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Havana Theatre
1212 Commercial Dr
Vancouver, BC V5L 3X4

Call Mr. Robeson, 7 - 10 May

The more established of the two plays, this is "a rollercoaster journey through African-American actor and singer Paul Robeson’s remarkable life, highlighting his pioneering and heroic political activism. Features Ol’ Man River and other famous songs, much fiery oratory, and a defiant testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee." Mr. Aluko has been tourning this play internationally since 2008, from Innuvic in NWT to Wellington, New Zealand. Reviews include a 4-star "First rate" from the Guardian.

Just An Ordinary Lawyer, 10, 11 May

This was premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2016. Through the story of Britain's first Black Head of Chambers and part-time judge Tunji Sowande, it looks at the history of Western imperialism and Black liberation struggles worldwide with words and song, often venturing into that explosive world in which sports and politics collide. Although told from an African's perspective, it is global in its scope, with its critical observations of British Imperialism, including in Canada.

Reviews include another 4 stars from the Guardian. It was also performed at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in August 2017 and at Harare International Festival of the Arts in May 2018. This will its Vancouver premiere, although it has previously been seen in Victoria.


Aluko, who is based in Liverpool, England, will be teaming up with Vancouver-based pianist Elaine Joe, with whom he has worked several times before.

He said of his coming visit, "I'm always thrilled to come to Vancouver, and am also happy to be based at the lovely Havana Theatre (which I discovered on my last visit) for a few days. The stories I am bringing are really important ones to share in this divided world, and by giving a historical perspective to many of today's situations, I believe they can be helpful as we search for solutions to at least some of our problems."



Will you come?

On Stage at Vancouver's Havana Theatre