Getting The Third Degree

Commissioned by Kick it Out to celebrate 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 garnered comparisons to the legendary Pele, with his swaggering style and dazzling skills. The first ever 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.

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.

The Lab
Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes including interval