Following an eighteen-month writing process and a three-week rehearsal period at Bath City’s Twerton Park, Getting the Third Degree, a play a commissioned by Kick It Out, will debut on Tuesday 22nd October at the Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol.

Written by playwright Dougie Blaxland, Getting the Third Degree tells the deeply moving story of the life of Laurie Cunningham, who came to prominence with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970s.

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 Pele, and he was widely respected as pioneering Black footballer in times of deep-rooted and widespread racism in England - both on and off the pitch.

Laurie was well-known to be a memerising dancer, regularly scooping prize money in the funk and soul halls of late-70s Birmingham and, to get audiences in the mood, director Shane Morgan has released a playlist of the music from the show on Spotify, which you can access here.

The Bristol performance will also feature a post-show discussion with Kick It Out’s Chief Executive, Roisin Wood, who will take to the stage following the play to chat with Morgan about the life and legacy of the former Leyton Orient, West Bromwich Albion and Real Madrid star, and the ways in which his struggles are paralleled in football today.


The full list of performances and post show discussions can be found below:

The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol 22nd October - Shane Morgan in conversation with Roisin Wood and Edson Burton

Nottingham Playhouse Studio 23rd October - No post-show discussion

Burnham Village Hall, 24th October - No post-show discussion

The Sherman Studio Theatre Cardiff, 25th October - No post-show discussion

The Core Corby, 26th October - Joe Flavin and the Cast and Crew

The Castle Theatre Studio Wellingborough, 28th October - No post-show discussion

The Maddermarket Theatre Norwich, 29th October - Shane Morgan in conversation with Anne Marie Batson

The Hawth Theatre Studio, Crawley 30th October

The Hazlitt Theatre Studio, Maidstone 31st October

The MAC Birmingham, 1st November - Shane Morgan in conversation with Nikki Hare Brown and Lincoln Moses

The Greenwich Theatre London, 2nd November - Shane Morgan in conversation with Chris Lewis

The Greenwich Theatre London, 3rd November - Shane Morgan in conversation with Rodney Hinds & Rhodene Cunningham

South Street Studio Reading, 6th November - Shane Morgan in conversation with Marcus Gayle

Salford Arts Theatre, Thursday 7th November - Shane Morgan in conversation with Iffy Onuora

Salford Arts Theatre, Friday 8th November - Shane Morgan in conversation with Denise Southworth

The Everyman Cheltenham, 9th November - Shane Morgan in conversation with Dougie Blaxland

The Rondo Theatre Bath, 13th November - Shane Morgan in conversation with Midge Ure

Phoenix Arts Bordon, 15th November - No post-show discussion

The Marlborough Theatre Brighton, 16th November - Shane Morgan in conversation with Roisin Wood