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SRtRC announce the commissioning of a new musical drama to tour the UK during Black History Month 2024

Show Racism the Red Card is breaking new and exciting ground by commissioning the writing of a new musical drama to tour the UK during Black History Month 2024.

Our Little Hour which will be brought to the stage in partnership with Live Wire Theatre, tells the inspirational story of the legendary, pioneering, black footballer – Walter Tull.

Written by award winning playwright Dougie Blaxland and celebrated composer Chris Anthony, Our Little Hour explores how Walter Tull – grandson of a Barbadian slave – orphaned at eight years old, rose to prominence against all odds.

The first black footballer to play at the highest level of the domestic game in the UK, he went on to achieve yet another historic breakthrough as the first man of his heritage to be commissioned as an Officer in the British Army. Tragically killed in action just a few weeks before the end of World War 1, Walter Tull’s pioneering achievements have earned him a distinguished place in British history and in the hearts of everyone who knows his story.

Playwright, Dougie Blaxland, described Our Little Hour as

“A celebration of the life of an extraordinary man whose pioneering spirit continues to inspire the campaign for justice and equality. It is also deeply fitting that the production which will be staged throughout Black History Month and honour the memory of one of the most significant figures in British sporting and military history.”

Combining a power packed drama with hauntingly original music, Our Little Hour comes hot on the heels of huge critical acclaim for On The Ropes – Dougie Blaxland’s most recent musical drama – which enjoyed a sell out run at The Park Theatre, London last year.

Paul Kearns, Director of Operations at Show Racism the Red Card, believes that 

“This Production tells a really important story which will help to reinforce the work that we are doing to combat racism by engaging new audiences in a celebration of Walter Tull’s pioneering contribution to British society.”

The tour schedule for Our Little Hour, which opens at The Everyman Theatre Cheltenham on 8th October, is as follows:

8th to 10th Oct – Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham – The Irving Studio – 7.30pm Box Office 01242 572573

11th & 12th Oct – Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse – 7.30pm (Matinee at 2.30pm on 12th Oct) Box Office 01865 305305

15th to 19th Oct – Ustinov Studio Theatre, Royal Bath – 7.30pm Box Office 01225 448844

22nd & 23rd Oct – The Greenwich Theatre, London – 7.30pm (Matinee at 2.30pm on 23rd Oct) Box Office 020 88587755

24th Oct – New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth – 2.30pm & 7.30pm Box Office 023 92649000

26th Oct – Derby Theatre Studio – 2.30pm & 7.30pm Box Office 01332 593939

29th Oct – South Street Studio, Reading – 7.30pm Box Office 0118 9606060

30th Oct – Theatre Royal, Wakefield – 7.30pm Box Office 01924 211311

31st Oct to 2nd Nov – Royal and Derngate, Northampton – 7.30pm (Matinee at 2.30pm on 2nd Nov) Box Office 01604 624811

For more information, please contact livewiretheatre@live.co.uk

 

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