Just An Ordinary Lawyer - Tayo Aluko and Friends 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 18, Aug 2016
Just an Ordinary Lawyer is written and performed by the immensely talented Tayo Aluko. The play charts the life of Tunji Sowande, a Nigerian who pursues his life dream of studying and practising law in London. The narrative is enhanced by the use of two of Tunji’s great loves – cricket and music, and if you like cricket you will love the picture painted of Basil D’Oliveira’s innings against Australia and the West Indies test match against England. Much of the tale is set in the late 60s, a tumultuous time in racial politics and sport was a perfect battleground for the fight to be played out. Although Tunji incurs bigotry at the start of his career he is often a bystander to the ongoing racial conflict. However, by the end of the play, we realise that he has also been able to fight back in his own way and that his pursuit of his career and social standing has not been without pain.
This was an immensely enjoyable 90 minutes. Tayo Aluko has a beautiful singing voice and I could almost hear the sighs of pleasure from the cricket fans in the audience. The length of the play did mean a few of the audience had to run off before the end – so make sure you leave plenty of time to get to your next venue!
Reviewed by Rona
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