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New Commissions, New Beginnings!

It’s September time: new beginnings are brewing, and hope is in the air. There’s no denying that this is a difficult time for our industry, but we have some good news to share with you! We are thrilled to announce our support of two brilliant Emerging Writers… It is with huge pride that we announce our latest […]


Defining Red Ladder – with a little help!

Over the past year, we have been fortunate to work with the multi-national award-winning media agency M&C Saatchi, following securing in-kind marketing and communications support alongside our 2019 production of ‘Glory’ – in conjunction with the Home Office’s ‘Building a Stronger Britain’ initiative. The bulk of this support has involved staff training, planning sessions, and […]


Making Smile Club: A Performer’s Perspective on Whelan Recording Technique

By Andrea Heaton At the beginning of March (remember those carefree days?) I opened Smile Club at Leeds Playhouse, written by Adam Z. Robinson and myself, produced by Red Ladder Theatre, and directed by Rod Dixon. Adam and I spent months carefully crafting the Smile Club story, with expert guidance from dramaturg Lindsey Rodden. Back […]


Smile Club – A Warning for Tomorrow?

Meet Lisa, a Smile Club attendee. Lisa’s been through it all and she now knows – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that nobody likes a girl who makes a fuss; nobody likes a girl who can’t take a joke. She knows too, that life is simpler when you let things go. And she […]


Chris O’Connor on The Parting Glass

Playwright Chris O’Connor has written The Parting Glass, Red Ladder’s new touring production exploring mental health, masculinity and how we connect in a social media-obsessed world. He tells us about the story behind The Parting Glass and why this authentic new play is vital in opening up a conversation about men’s mental health… Let’s start […]


Red Ladder awarded £10K to develop new play, The Parting Glass, tackling men’s mental health

We’re thrilled to have received funding to further our work raising awareness of men’s mental health. Leeds Community Foundation has presented Red Ladder with a Men’s Suicide Prevention Grant funded by Leeds City Council, towards the development of a new play, The Parting Glass. We’ll be touring the new play into non-theatre venues on our […]


New Podcast! With GLORY writer Nick Ahad

We hear from acclaimed playwright, stand-up comedian and BBC Radio Leeds presenter Nick Ahad on the challenges and rewards his latest play GLORY has brought. Glory will tour the UK from 21 February 2019, premiering at The Dukes, Lancaster. For more info and tickets visit: http://www.redladder.co.uk/whatson/glory/ The Red Ladder Burble is available on Itunes and various […]


Q&A with Glory writer Nick Ahad

Writer and broadcaster Nick Ahad’s new play Glory immerses audiences into the eccentric world of British wrestling – to grapple with identity and race in Britain today. As Red Ladder get sets to premiere and tour our new play, a co-production with The Dukes, Lancaster and Tamasha, we caught up with Nick Ahad to tell […]


We are looking for a Community Arts Facilitator!

Red Ladder Theatre Company are looking for an experienced facilitator to lead on an exciting community outreach project in conjunction with our upcoming co-production with Lancaster Dukes and Tamasha theatre Company – Glory. Glory examines multi-ethnic Britain in the 21st Century, against the madcap and vibrant backdrop of contemporary wrestling in the North of England. […]


Announcing GLORY – our co-production with The Dukes, Lancaster

GLORY – a new play written by Yorkshire writer Nick Ahad delves into the larger-than-life world of British wrestling, to grapple with identity and race in contemporary multicultural Britain. Set in the eccentric world of British wrestling, GLORY – a new play by writer and broadcaster Nick Ahad (Partition, The Chef Show) – will premiere at The Dukes, Lancaster […]