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The Spread Eagle Pub Theatre, Croydon

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£8.00 - £24.00

In Freetown, George Coleridge-Taylor plans a concert tour to return his deceased relative, renowned composer and one-time Croydon resident Samuel Coleridge-Taylor to prominence by presenting a concert of his songs. Sierra-Leone’s history and politics threaten to drown out the music, but he persists nonetheless, with optimism.  

work in progress by writer/performer Tayo Aluko, this "undiplomatic musical historical play" with live piano accompaniment by Thomas Kell, imagines how, through the lens of a modern-day relative, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's life can be appreciated from an internationalist perspective.

Nigerian-born Tayo Aluko is an actor, singer and playwright, based in Liverpool, UK, where he worked previously as an architect.
His award-winning play, CALL MR. ROBESON has been performed as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as New Zealand, with a performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall in February 2012.

JUST AN ORDINARY LAWYER was premiered in August 2016 and has been performed in five countries.
His art is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring progressive activism by showing how Black History is everybody’s history.

“Every socialist, anti-racist and ­anti-imperialist will love this” Socialist Worker on Just An Ordinary Lawyer

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The Spread Eagle Pub Theatre

Katharine Street



The Spread Eagle Pub Theatre does not have wheelchair access - very sorry about this.

Latecomers are admitted at a suitable point. Doors open approx. 15 minutes before the show starts.


Croydonites Festival of New Theatre

Croydonites is a festival of new theatre and performance for Croydon. Its mission is to showcase local theatre makers, and bring some of the best contemporary performance work from around the UK to CR0 doorsteps. The inaugural event took place in November 2015 when four companies presented work at two venues. The 4th edition took place in May 2019 and featured nine artists over four weeks in five venues. It has become a fixed event on Croydon's Cultural Calendar and regularly commissions new work by local artists. In 2020 it will present the 5th edition.