Stage show to showcase the life of unheralded black pioneer, judge and singer Tunji Sowande

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 January 2017

Just An Ordinary Lawyer

Just An Ordinary Lawyer


A popular stage actor who is famed for stunning portrayals of historical icons is set to return to Bath this week to tell the story of a black pioneer in Britain.

Tayo Aluko will star in Just An Ordinary Lawyer at The Ustinov Studio, at the Theatre Royal, in Sawclose, on Monday and Tuesday at 8pm.

Aluko will take to the stage to retell the story of Tunji Sowande, who broke through multiple barriers of society to become Britain’s first black judge in the 1970s.

Sowande became a well-respected barrister in legal circles, but he didn’t invest all his time in his legal practice.

The Nigerian, who moved to Britain in 1945, was also a concert performer and regularly performed as a baritone singer for a number of charities.

But Sowande’s favourite moments were spent basking in the sunshine at Lord’s, where he was a popular member of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

The show tackles issues of international politics, justice and human rights through the eyes of this remarkable man.

Tickets, priced £10-14, are available from 01225 448844, or online via

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