Robert Adams was born around 1900 in British Guyana and died there in 1965. His achievement has been largely forgotten, yet he was a highly successful actor appearing in many theatre and films and on radio and television, as well as the founder and director of the Negro Repertory Arts Theatre, one of the first black theatre companies in Britain. Their productions included Eugene O'Neill's All God's Chillun Got Wings in 1944.
In addition to Unity's 1946 production of O'Neill's play, Adams appeared with other black actors in Geoffrey Trease's Colony (1939) about the exploitation of sugar workers on a Caribbean island. Unity's support for black theatre included India Speaks (1943), an all-black Caribbean production of O'Neill's Anna Christie in 1959 featuring Carmen Munroe, while Unity director Herbert Marshall set up the Ira Aldridge Players in 1961 and staged Do Somethin' Addy Man! at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.