Anniversary of Robeson’s broadcast
OCTOBER 5 is the 60th anniversary of American actor and singer Paul Robeson’s famous transatlantic broadcast to the Miners’ Eisteddfod at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl.
The Broadway and West End star, who was a Civil Rights activist who had been investigated by the FBI and MI5, had been invited to attend in person but had been denied a passport by US officials who branded his political activities un-American during the height of Cold War-era paranoia.
So he sang a selection of songs over a transatlantic telephone line, which was relayed via loud speaker to the crowd, which then sang back to him.
To mark the anniversary the Grand Pavilion is hosting an exhibition of the Robeson story in the Stage Door and, with the support of the Arts Council of Wales, creating a new piece of youth theatre.
The exhibition runs until Sunday with a special launch event on Thursday hosted by BBC broadcaster and Robeson expert Beverley Humphries.
On Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, Bridgend Youth Theatre will perform their new play, Robeson Remembered, directed by Roger Burnell, written by Louise Osbourne and with an original score by the esteemed composer John Rea at the Grand Pavilion.
It will also be performed at Maesteg Town Hall on November 18.
For tickets, priced at £7, contact the box office on 01656 815995.
American actor and singer