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Monday 30 November 2015

Ulster Hall's 150th was a total charade

Published 15/05/2012

For anyone who has been a devotee of Paul Robeson over the years and was not able to go to the Paul Robeson Un-American show in the Ulster Hall, on Saturday night, I would like to say: you were fortunate to have missed it. You would have been outraged (as I was) at the performance.

I wonder was that effort all that the Ulster Hall could do to celebrate their 150-year anniversary? My friends and I left, along with several other audience members. We were left with no option but to be rude and walk out.

The Arts Council was apparently one of the sponsors of what I can only call a charade. As far as I understand it, they give no support to local amateur musical societies, which put on some wonderful shows with great music and singers. I can only imagine Paul Robeson turning in his grave.

We returned later for the showing of the original film Showboat, starring Robeson. It was absolutely wonderful.

Full marks to the Ulster Hall for that part of the evening's entertainment.


Hillsborough, Co Down

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