Theatre

Tull

Tull

Tull

21 February - 16 March 2013

Octagon Theatre Bolton presents

Tull

By Phil Vasili

About

The Octagon Theatre presents the world premiere of Tull, the remarkable tale of real life World War One hero Walter Tull – a talented officer on the battlefield and the first black outfield player in the First Division of the Football League. Like the Octagon’s last great football play, And Did Those Feet, Tull is inspirational, dramatic and moving - proving that through perseverance and a sense of community, divisions can be overcome.

Tull’s exceptional talent as a footballer led to him being signed by Tottenham Hotspur in 1909. His achievements on the pitch, both as a sportsman and a gentleman, soon became recognised in the national press. One journalist, reporting on a match against Bristol City, stated “Tull is so clean in mind and method as to be a model for all white men who play football whether they be  amateur or professional.”

When the Great War broke out in 1914 Tull signed up and soon demonstrated a natural flair to lead and inspire. Despite military regulations forbidding "any negro or person of colour" becoming an infantry officer, Tull’s heroism in battle was rewarded in May 1917. Overcoming racial prejudice and military rules he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and became one of the first black British officers in the British army in the First World War.

Tull remained unmarried however the play explores his  relationship with suffragette Annie Williams, his landlady and close companion, with whom he found a kinship despite the many restrictive social conventions they faced.

Phil Vasili, author of the biography Walter Tull, 1888-1918: Officer, Footballer, has worked with David Thacker to develop the play following years of research into the life of Walter Tull. With a campaign to decorate Tull posthumously for his war efforts reaching parliament and the recent outbursts of racism on and off the pitch, Walter Tull’s story has never been more  important.

Find out more about Walter Tull:

Video created by Rory Gault

The running time for Tull  is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Tickets: £23.50 - £9.50, discounts available including SEASON TICKETS, groups, schools young person's £5 stand-by tickets


Performance Times
Evenings: 7.30pm
Matinees: Fri 22, Wed 27 Feb, Sat 9, Wed 13 Mar, 2pm
See the calendar to the left for full performance listings.

Special Diary Dates
Bargain Nights: Thu 21, Fri 22, Mon 25 Feb (tickets £15.50 - £9.50)
Meet the director and cast: Thu 28 Feb (free, post show)
Investigate Day: Sat 9 Mar (£17.50, £14.50 concessions)
Audio Described: Thu 7 Mar, 7.30pm
British Sign Language (BSL): Wed 27 Feb, 7.30pm


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Tickets: £23.50 -£9.50, discounts available including SEASON TICKETS, groups, schools young person's £5 stand-by tickets


Performance Times
Evenings: 7.30pm
Matinees: Fri 22, Wed 27 Feb, Sat 9, Wed 13 Mar. 2pm
See the calendar to the left for full performance listings.


Special Diary Dates
Bargain Nights: Thu 21, Fri 22, Mon 25 Feb (tickets £15.50 - £9.50)
Meet the director and cast: Thu 28 Feb (free, post show)
Investigate Day: Sat 9 Mar (£17.50, £14.50 concessions)
Audio Described: Thu 7 Mar, 7.30pm
BSL: Wed 27 Feb, 7.30pm


Reviews

"David Thacker's direction is poetry in motion"
The Observer on Tull

"5 stars. David Thacker’s direction is stunning as he weaves together all the scenes and characters with great clarity and vigour...Tull is a great piece of theatre. A rare master class of acting, directing and storytelling.
What's On Stage

"Ives-Moiba’s outstanding performance is by turns poignant, charming, balletic, dignified, emotional, witty and athletic."
The Financial Times

“The Octagon, under David Thacker’s inspired stewardship, is consistently at the cutting edge - and this is another highly innovative play.”
The Stage

"Phil Vasili and David Thacker have succeeded here in telling a story from our history that speaks powerfully to our modern world."
Socialist Worker

"...a master class in acting. Not only is this an enthralling production, it is thought provoking...An unconvential production, but I will remember it for a long time."
Clitheroe Advertiser

 

 


Cast & Crew

John Branwell
Tristan Brooke
Colin Connor
Fiona Hampton
Kieran Hill
Nathan Ives-Moiba
Marc Small
Anna Tierney

Director: David Thacker
Set & Lighting Designer: Ciaran Bagnall
Costume Designer: Mary Horan
Composer: Adrian Johnston
Movement Director: Lesley Hutchison
Fight Director: Terry King
Sound Designer: Andy Smith
Assistant Director (placement): Nick Birchill
Deputy Stage Manager: Sophia Horrocks, Victoria Hubbard


 

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