New one-man play Dream of a King, set on the night of Martin Luther King’s assassination, will explore the man behind the legend when it opens at the Playground Theatre in 2019. The solo play about the civil rights leader runs for a limited season from 14-18 January 2019, so you’d better book your tickets early!
It’s 4 April 1968. Four years after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his dynamic leadership of the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King was murdered. Set on the night of his shooting in a Tennessee motel room, this new solo play explores the extraordinary man behind the legend.
An American Baptist minister, Martin Luther King pushed the civil rights movement forward using nonviolent resistance, inspiring followers with his magnetic oratory – which includes the famous ‘I have a dream’ speech – and leading protests including the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and the 1963 march on Washington where he gave his most famous address.
Christopher Tajah both wrote and stars in Dream of a King. The experienced London performer has appeared in stage productions including The Dutchman at Tristan Bates Theatre. His film credits include horror film The Rizen and its upcoming 2019 sequel The Rizen – Possession.
Speaking about the production, Tajah said:
Martin Luther King Jnr is an icon. He is hero of mine, as he is for many. He inspires me to do better; to try harder. He was a unifying figure when alive. Martin is the perfect role model to hold up to the powers in government that want to keep the poor and BME communities marginalised and under-represented. Martin is the black community’s gift to the world, helping us to learn be way of his example; his discipline, pride, determination, intelligence, self-reliance and excellence. He is a continual source of inspiration to me, an iconic figure. He was a great black man who exuded a sense of pride, dignity, intelligence and humanity. I wrote my play to try to understand the man behind the great orator.
Tajah has been researching, refining and raising funds to stage Dream of a King for some time. He hopes to take the production across the UK following it premiere at the Playground Theatre, taking in Brighton Fringe, but also touring this exploration of a global legend to schools, colleges and churches to inform and reveal the man behind the icon.
Dream of a King is co-produced by reggae star Paulette Tajah. One of the Queen’s of reggae sub-genre, Lover’s Rock, Tajah boasts hits including ‘Cos You Love Me Baby, Let’s Make A Baby and Stop Look Listen.
Dream of a King runs from 14-18 January 2019 at The Playground Theatre, Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ. Performances are from Monday to Friday at 7.30pm with a Thursday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from £15 (concessions £10). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Dream of a King’s Crowdfunding campaign
Christopher Tajah hopes his simply staged production of Dream of a King, directed by Bernie C Byrnes, will educate, inspire and empower a new generation. To achieve this aim he has launched a crowdfunding page on Justgiving. Theatre fans, or anyone who believes in sharing the story of Martin Luther King, can help Tajah realise his own dream by donating money to help fund the staging and tour of this tale of passion, inspiration, dedication, philosophy and vision. Donate now.