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New play ‘Wrong Un’ announced

A new one-woman play telling the story of Annie Wilde, a Lancashire born suffragette, written and composed by Boff Whalley and performed by Ella Harris, ‘Wrong Un’ will open at The Big Bookend Festival on 9 June 2013 before touring festivals in association with Unite, The Union. The show will be directed by Justin Audibert.

February 1918, and after several decades of protest and four years of bloody war Parliament is poised to grant what the suffragettes have demanded and fought for – votes for all women. After years of direct action, arrest, imprisonment and force-feeding, it seems their time has come.

Wrong ‘Un tells of the adventures of Annie Wilde, a Lancashire mill-girl galvanised by a rousing mixture of injustice, conviction, self-doubt and fear on her journey from schoolroom to prison cell and beyond in a musical drama that draws on class, privilege, hope and disappointment in wartime England.

Tickets will be on sale soon.

Learn Barry’s Little Guitar Song!

Ever wanted to learn bobble-hatted Barry’s favourite tune? Well now you can, courtesy of writer Boff Whalley.

Note: these are ukulele chords, so if you’re playing this on a guitar you might need to adjust the key.


Everyone Thinks It’s A Little Guitar But It’s Not

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You don’t put your lolly on the windowsill
When it’s hot.
You don’t get your bubbly without putting your ha’penny
In the slot.

People seem to know a lot of things, but …
Everyone thinks it’s just a little guitar
But it’s not.

You don’t buy shoes with laces if you can’t
Tie a knot.
You can’t buy a sixpenny bar
If a penny’s all you’ve got.

People seem to know a lot of things, but …
Everyone thinks it’s just a little guitar
But it’s not.


You don’t keep weeing in the night without
Emptying the pot.
And you don’t have a wee without the light on
If you’re not a good shot.
People seem to know a lot of things, but …

Everyone thinks it’s just a little guitar
But it’s not.

The Thing About Psychopaths cast announced

The national tour of Ben Tagoe’s The Thing About Psychopaths will star Shaun CowlishawBabajide Fado and Kyla Goodey alongside Promised Land actor Paul Fox who continues his transition into professional acting, following a recent role in Coronation Street.

Liverpool Date added to Sex & Docks Tour

An extra performance of Boff Whalley’s Sex & Docks & Rock ‘n’ Roll will follow its run at Leeds’ City Varieties in January 2013. The show is at Crofts Social Club in Liverpool on Sun 27 Jan and is presented in association with Unite, The Union.

To book tickets please contact Crofts’ Box Office on 0151 207 7655.

The Thing About Psychopaths in association with Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Red Ladder is delighted to announce that the National Tour of The Thing About Psychopaths is to be presented in association with Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds and will be opening at the venue on 7 March 2013.

The show will be touring nationally from March – June 2013. Full tour dates to be announced soon, please keep checking our website for details.

Red Ladder co-produced short film takes first place at London Film Festival

Gloria, a short film about the life of an immigrant worker in the UK, directed by Red Ladder Associate Director, John Ward, has won first place at the London Labour Film Festival. The festival was the first ever London Labour Film Festival, and was organised by Bectu. To watch the winning and shortlisted entries please visit:

Sex & Docks & Rock ‘n’ Roll now on sale in Leeds!

Back by popular demand, Boff Whalley’s musical comedy returns to Leeds, playing at City Varieties Music Hall from 21 – 26 January 2013. Set against the backdrop of the 1960 Liverpool dockworkers’ and seafarers’ strike, the show is a family comedy about love, change and what you do when you can’t find a drummer.

Featuring original live music and, for the first time this year, Red Ladder’s one and only Rod Dixon in the leading role of Ronnie.

Book Tickets now by calling Box Office on 0113 243 0808 or online at