Former Kent cricketer James Graham-Brown, under his nom de plume Dougie Blaxland, returns to the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone on 31st October with his new play, ‘Getting The Third Degree’.
‘Getting The Third Degree’ was commissioned by Kick it Out to recognise the 25th anniversary of its ongoing battle against racism in football.
This compelling new drama tells the powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham who came to prominence with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970’s. The first of the black footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees – Laurie Cunningham with his swaggering style and dazzling skills forced favourable comparisons with the legendary Pele.
The first millionaire black footballer, the first player of colour to sign for the mighty Real Madrid and only the second to win a full cap for England he inspired a whole generation of young black players to follow in his pioneering footsteps.
In dramatising Laurie Cunningham’s meteoric rise to stardom ‘Getting The Third Degree’ also explores how he and his fellow black players – Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis – triumphed over the racial abuse and physical threats often orchestrated by The National Front through a potent combination of footballing brilliance, charismatic style and compelling dignity.
Incorporating 1970’s funk, soul, blues, jazz/jive dance, football songs/chants, contemporary commentary and social and political speeches ‘Getting The Third Degree’ is a powerful piece of total theatre that vividly recreates a tense and troubled period in the history of football and the wider society.
Further details: www.roughhousetheatre.com
We have four tickets to giveaway for Thursday 31st October’s showing at The Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone, exclusively for Kent Cricket supporters.
To enter, simply answer the following question:
Laurie Cunningham made history when he became the first British footballer to sign for which illustrious Spanish club?
A – Barcelona
B – Athletic Club
C – Real Madrid
D – Valencia
To enter, please e-mail your answer, name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 14:00 Tuesday 29th October
Sat 26th Oct – The Core at Corby Cube – 01536 470470 www.thecorecorby.com/whats-on/
Mon 28th Oct – The Castle Theatre Wellingborough – 01933 270007 www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/castle-theatre/whats-on
Tues 29th Oct – The Maddermarket Theatre Norwich – 01603 620917 www.maddermarket.co.uk/whats-on/
Weds 30th – Oct The Hawth Theatre Crawley – 01293 553636 www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth/Whats-On
Thurs 31st Oct – The Hazlitt Theatre Maidstone – 01622 758611 www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Hazlitt-Theatre/Whats-on
Fri 1st Nov – The Mac Theatre Birmingham – 01214 463232 www.macbirmingham.co.uk/whats-on?category=theatre
Sat 2nd Nov – The Greenwich Theatre London – 0208 858 7755 www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/whats-on
Sun 3rd Nov – The Greenwich Theatre London – 0208 858 7755 www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/whats-on
Tues 5th Nov – Charterhouse School Godalming – 02073 849020
Weds 6th Nov – South Street Studio Reading – 01189 606060 www.readingarts.com/south-street/whats-on
Thurs 7th Nov – Salford Arts Manchester – 01619 250111 www.salfordartstheatre.com/whats-on
Fri 8th Nov – Salford Arts Manchester – 01619 250111 www.salfordartstheatre.com/whats-on
Sat 9th Nov – The Everyman Cheltenham – 01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk/box-office/
Mon 11th Nov – Bradfield College Reading – 01189 634500
Tues 12th Nov – Winchester College Winchester – 01962 621100
Weds 13th Nov – The Rondo Theatre Bath – 03336 663366 www.rondotheatre.co.uk/whats-on/
Thurs 14th Nov – The Julian Slade Theatre Prior Park College Bath – 01225 835353
Fri 15th Nov – Phoenix Arts Bordon – 01420 472664 www.phoenixarts.co.uk/events/category/all-events/
Sat 16th Nov – The Marlborough Theatre Brighton – 01273 273870 www.marlboroughtheatre.org.uk/events/