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Dream of A King Dream of A King
At last… a play about Martin Luther King Jr, from his own perspective… in his own voice!

19/03/2019 4PM | REVIEW | Jacqueline Malcolm


At last… a play about Martin Luther King Jr, from his own perspective… in his own voice!



A soulful gospel song opens this one-man play, the alluring voice of Paulette Tajah immediately transporting us back to 4th April 1968 and the night a king amongst us was killed.



Written and performed by Christopher Tajah, ‘Dream of a King’ is a detailed look at the life of the legendary, Martin Luther King Jr; his story all revealed from his own perspective, in his own words, on the night he was murdered. As stated from the very beginning, this is a story that we all know well, and yet it still managed to reveal facts about this iconic person that may well have been overlooked, ignored or simply forgotten.



We speak oft about MLK as a great general and leader of our people and, in doing so, have let slide many of his flaws (such as the details of his affair), but this is just human nature and to be expected. No one wants to humanise their idol because the moment we do, then what is left for us to worship, to hope in, or to believe in?



Yet, where others have failed, Christopher Tajah has managed to portray the humanity of Martin Luther King Jr without totally tarnishing the tremendous work and impact he made on not only the African American community, but the black community worldwide from generation to generation. Through this play we had a peep-hole view of his weaknesses; we saw how tired he may have become, how fearful (borderline paranoid of the incessant ringing of the red-phone) that ‘they’ were out to ‘get him’, and yet we still heard his strength and witnessed his determination to stand his ground and fight on for others who were unable to fight for themselves.



Directed by Bernie C Byrnes, Dream of a King is a respectful, engaging and intelligent portrayal of a man turned hero, who dared to believe that dreams really can come true.


 


 

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