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Latest News Gazebo Theatre presents The Hallowed Turf, Thu 16 Oct @ The Drum


Gazebo Theatre presents The Hallowed Turf, Thu 16 Oct @ The Drum

October 10th, 2014 2:37 pm

The First World War will forever be remembered as a time of great suffering and loss, a tragic mistake from which mankind has learnt too few lessons. Although the death and disaster of those dark days must be remembered, too often forgotten are the bonds of friendship and camaraderie forged on the battlefields, and how such adversity can overcome the greatest divisions.

The Hallowed Turf is one such story, a tale of soldiers, heroes, and football, created by ground-breaking production company Gazebo Theatre and based on the true life story of footballing star Walter Tull, one of the first Afro-Caribbean players in the top division of professional English football. Serving in the Footballer’s Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment during the First World War, Tull saw extensive combat, including the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Although social conventions of the time prevented any non-white soldiers from achieving rank, Tull’s bravery, selfless defence of his fellow soldiers, and “gallantry and coolness” in battle gained him the respect of his superior officers, and be became the very first British soldier of Afro-Caribbean heritage to be awarded the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Through his actions as both a professional sportsman and a soldier, Tull showed the ignorance of societal rules which tried to deny people equality based on race, his skill and bravery bridging all barriers of discrimination. The Hallowed Turf takes place during these dark days on the front line, as Tull befriends a young recruit who dreams of returning home and becoming a professional footballer.

This incredible story is a cornerstone performance of both this year’s Black History Month celebrations and First World War commemorations. Funny, moving and honest, it is ideal for all audiences, and a fantastic educational experience.

We hope you’ll join us for this very special event. Click here to book your tickets, or call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444.

Listen below to hear an interview with Oraine Johnson, who plays Walter Tull, on BBC WM’s ChatBack show

For more information on Gazebo Theatre, visit their website, and click here to learn more about this year’s Black History Month celebrations.