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Red Ladder writers nominated for Book Awards

Red Ladder writers Anthony Clavane and Boff Whalley have both been nominated for British Sports Book Awards for their books, ‘Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?’ and ‘Run Wild.’

Both writers will be talking about their books at Leeds Big Bookend on Saturday 8 June at Leeds Central Library. ‘An Audience with Boff Whalley’ will be held from 3pm, and Anthony’s ‘Made in Leeds’ with Wes Brown will be held at 2pm.

The festival will also include an event with Tony Harrison, the writer whose epic poem V came to define Thatcherite Britain, on Sunday 9 June at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The festival will also play host to the world premiere of Boff Whalley’s new play about a Northern suffragette, ‘Wrong Un’ on Sunday 9 June.

‘Wrong’Un’ – the next Red Ladder show!

As ‘The Thing About Psychopaths’ finishes its national tour, the next Red Ladder production is now in rehearsal. ‘Wrong ‘Un’ by Boff Whalley is a one-woman Suffragette Musical

1914 and Britain is on the brink of war with Germany, while the smashed windows in the House of Commons tell of trouble nearer to home. Women fighting for the vote, let down again and again by a Liberal government, are taking direct action in their attempts to make Parliament take notice. Thrown into jails, often brutally force-fed by sadistic prison doctors, the women’s struggle mirrors the deathly prospect of mass war abroad.

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.

A story in drama and song, of class, torture and war in Edwardian England.

‘Wrong ‘Un’ will be performed by Ella Harris and directed by Justin Audibert. Since 2008, when Justin was assistant director on the Red Ladder 40th anniversary production, ‘Where’s Vietnam?’ he has gone on to direct for The Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Theatre.

‘Wrong ‘Un’ will open at the Leeds Big Bookend festival on June 9th then goes on to Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Unite’s Women’s Week in Eastbourne, The Durham Miner’s Gala, The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and Ramsgate Festival in Kent.

To book for Leeds Big Bookend please visit


The Thing About Psychopaths London Tour Dates Announced

Red Ladder is delighted to announce that The Thing About Psychopaths will be the first show to open Park 90, the studio space at the new Park Theatre, Finsbury Park. From 14 – 19 May, these dates conclude our national tour.

You can also catch tonight the show toinight in Washington, on Saturday in York, and in Scotland and the rest of the UK after Easter.

Reviews include 5 Stars from the Yorkshire Post, as well a great review from The Morning Star. For full tour dates click here.

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