“The British Empire was trying desperately to hold onto its colonial possessions by any means…and the foul would often override the fair”
Tayo Aluko returns to the stage with a new tour of his remarkable one-man play, Just An Ordinary Lawyer which tells the story of an extraordinary man.
The tour opens at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds later this month.
Nigerian Tunji Sowande arrived in London from Nigeria in 1945 to study law and pursue his interest in music.
He broke through racial barriers and rose to become a well respected barrister, the first black head of chambers, and finally the first (part-time) black judge in Britain.
But he was also an active solo concert performer as a baritone singer, giving concerts for charities and to entertain residents of old people’s homes.
On top of it all, he was a great lover of cricket, and became a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the home of cricket.
In an undefined setting, Sowande now muses on Imperialism, Colonialism and black people’s struggles for freedom, justice and human rights, in Africa and beyond.
He is, however, not a political man – he prefers to do his job and watch sports. He, nonetheless, does his bit to spread peace and love through the medium of music and song.
Aluko’s previous work includes writing and performing the multi-award-winning international hit, Call Mr. Robeson.
Acclaimed by critics as a performance that “thrills and touches” Just An Ordinary Lawyer plays at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on April 20 and is touring the UK and USA until April 2018.
2017 tour dates
April 20, Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds April 21, Threlkeld Village Hall, Cumbria May 1, Theatro Technis, London (Double Bill with Call Mr. Robeson) May 14, Doncaster Unitarian & Free Christian Church May 30/31, Manchester Central Library June 3/4, Marlborough Theatre @ Brighton Fringe June 11, The Place, Bedford July 12–16, Buxton Fringe Festival, Derbyshire (with Call Mr. Robeson) August 21–26, Edinburgh Fringe (Venue 40) with Call Mr. Robeson October 5, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton October 6/7, Unity Theatre, Liverpool October 19, Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, Essex
April 20, The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumbria April 26, Cast in Doncaster.