Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown
A respected Sierra Leonean diplomat hatches a post-retirement plan to tour the world singing songs composed by his famous uncle, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. While temporarily helping out at the Philosophy department at Fourah Bay College in Freetown, the civil war that has been ravaging the country finally reaches his campus. Taking shelter, George Coleridge-Taylor reflects on his and his country’s stories, and imagines himself in concert, all while wondering if he dares risk trying to save the female student captured by the fearsome rebels.

The third in a trilogy of one-man musical plays by award-winning playwright actor and singer, Nigerian-born Tayo Aluko, this “concert in a play” contrasts the beautiful music of Coleridge-Taylor with the sometimes harrowing history of his birth-father’s country and the horrors of war. As with his two previous plays: Call Mr. Robeson and Just An Ordinary Lawyer, Aluko navigates history and politics through a personal story with music and humour, even while tackling very difficult subjects.

Reviews


A brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art.

- Dirt & Candy on Call Mr. Robeson

A masterclass in performance art, research and history.

- EdFringeReview.com on Just An Ordinary Lawyer, ★★★★★

Company: Tayo Aluko & Friends

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Genre: Theatre

Duration: 80 mins


Venues: The Rotunda Theatre: Bubble


Venue Accessibility:

Assistance Dogs Welcome Assistance Dogs Welcome

Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair Accessible


Age suitability:
16+ (Guideline)


Babes in Arms policy:
Under 2's are not allowed at this event.


Content Warnings:

 Strong Language Strong Language

 References to Sexual Abuse References to Sexual Abuse

 Depictions and references to Violence Depictions and references to Violence

Additional Content Warning:
Contains allusions to, and suggestions of gender-based violence (though not depicted on stage), and one instance of foul language.


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