Getting The Third Degree
GETTING THE THIRD DEGREE
THE LAURIE CUNNINGHAM STORY
BY DOUGIE BLAXLAND
Getting The Third Degree is the story of Laurie Cunningham who came to prominence with football club West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970’s. Cunningham – one of the black footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees – with swaggering style and dazzling skills invited favourable comparisons with the legendary Pele. The first black footballer to sign for the mighty Real Madrid and only the second to win a full cap for England, Cunningham inspired a whole generation of young black players to follow in his pioneering footsteps.
Getting The Third Degree explores how Cunningham and fellow black players - Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis - triumphed over the racial abuse and physical threats orchestrated by The National Front through a potent combination of footballing brilliance, charismatic style and compelling dignity.
Commissioned by kick it out
directed by RoughHouse Theatre
produced by Roughhouse theatre and Live Wire Theatre
Award winning writer Dougie Blaxland is also Director of South West based Live Wire Theatre. His writing credits include That Moment, Never Any Fruit, Chauntecleer and Pertelotte, Hands Up For Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot, When The Eye Has Gone and The Long Walk Back. He has also written stage adaptations of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.