Walter Tull

Show Racism The Red Card's new musical drama coming to Derby

Telling the inspirational story of the legendary black footballer Walter Tull

Show Racism The Red Card announce the commissioning of a new musical drama to tour the UK during Black History Month 2024.


Show Racism the Red Card - the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity - 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.”


Our Little Hour comes to Derby this October. The full details are as follows:

26th October 2024 - Derby Theatre Studio (2.30pm & 7:30pm) Box Office 01332 593939


The musical drama will also be shown at London, Northampton, Wakefield, Oxford, Reading, Cheltenham, Bath and Portsmouth over the month of October.


More About Show Racism The Red Card
Established in January 1996, Show Racism the Red Card is committed to tackling racism in society. SRtRC organises a national Competition for schools, delivers educational workshops and anti-racism training sessions, and provides a whole host of other educational resources. It also utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to publicise its message. Across Britain, Show Racism the Red Card delivers training to more than 60,000 individuals per year.