Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown

A Concert in a Play.
Written and performed by Tayo Aluko

Synopsis
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.

Contains suggestions of/allusions to gender-based and war violence.

Reviews:
“The sweetness and beauty of the songs provides a poignant contrast to the often bleak events they punctuate.” Morning Star

“One of the reasons I love Fringe Theatre is challenging performances like these.”
Theatre, Films and Art


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Next Performances: Edinburgh Fringe 2024. 5 – 24 August (not Sundays)
Premiered at the Brighton Fringe, May 2024
Read the programme here.
BLACK FEMALE PIANISTS SOUGHT. Please spread the word.

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