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OUR LITTLE HOUR - THE WALTER TULL STORY- IS COMING TO THE ROYAL & DERNGATE LATER THIS YEAR

Club supporting a major production telling the story of the grat Walter Tull

2 February 2024

Club News

OUR LITTLE HOUR - THE WALTER TULL STORY- IS COMING TO THE ROYAL & DERNGATE LATER THIS YEAR

Club supporting a major production telling the story of the grat Walter Tull

2 February 2024

The inspirational story of Northampton’s legendary pioneering hero - Walter Tull - is coming to the Royal & Derngate this Autumn in a new musical drama by award winning playwright Dougie Blaxland and celebrated composer Chris Anthony.

Commissioned by Show Racism The Red Card and produced in association with Live Wire Theatre, Our Little Hour will be staged in The Royal Theatre Northampton from 31st October to 2nd November.

This profoundly moving new work 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 extraordinaryman 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 will end its run in Northampton - where both the town and its great football club took Walter Tull to their heart and continue to honour his memory.”

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.

Winner of the 2021 National Campaign for the Arts Best Arts Project award for his docu-drama N17, Dougie Blaxland’s stage play - Unknown - was listed by The Guardian
amongst its readers’ “favourite theatre of 2020”.

Tickets for Our Little Hour are available at royalandderngate.co.uk/whats-on/our-little-hour/


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