Joseph Mydell as
Paul Laurence Dunbar


Joseph Mydell's dramatic impersonation of Paul Laurence Dunbar is a classic. Working with an almost delicate precision, Mydell elevates the material with a dazzling performance of wit and charm.

The Guardian

Lively, absorbing and perfectly judged performance. A fascinating portrait of a man and his society through powerful theatrical imagination.

Time Out

Haunting, disturbingly contemporary...simply not long enough.

Times Educational Supplement

Strikingly brilliant...Mydell is an intellectual, elegant and often hilarious performer. (Winner of The Scotsman Fringe First Award, 1980)

The Scotsman

Gripping, funny, moving and highly professional both in performance and technically. A theatrical experience..He is Paul Laurence Dunbar. (Awarded for "The best Solo-performance" by Festival Times at the 1980 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.)

Festival Times

Outrageously talented...his gracefulness, command and spirit are unassiailably inspiring..just too good to be missed.

West Indian World

Joseph Mydell as Paul Laurence Dunbar in "Lyrics of the Hearthside" puts poems, prose and songs of Dunbar together in an evening of highly impersonation: Dunbar alive...Dunbar on stage...Dunbar performing his works as he did throughout America and England. In England he collaborated with British composer Samuel Coleridge on a song cycle and an operetta and wrote lyrics for the Broadway Show "In Dahomey" which came to London's Shaftesbury Theatre and later had a command performance at Buckingham Palace.