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Our Little Hour

A Musical Drama based on the life of Walter Tull

The inspirational story of the legendary pioneering hero Walter Tull, is brought to the stage 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, 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 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 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”.

Age guidance: 11+
Running time: 2 hours including interval

“It movingly mixes poetry, dance, drama, brilliant live Reggae and Blues music that demands the audience join in, and some wonderfully raw humour” review of 'On The Ropes'

The Guardian

“A score of absolute gold-standard….with a great verve and spirit, celebrating the human joy that can break through the most hostile of environments” review of 'On The Ropes'

Musical Theatre Review