A Red Ladder Theatre Company production with support from Oldham Coliseum Theatre
15 year-old Reece is roughly accosted by the police outside M&S. His young, Black teacher Gillian witnesses it all – but she doesn’t question or intervene in the disturbing scene that plays out.
As the hard and wet gravel embosses Reece’s face and the policeman’s knee digs into his back, his teacher stands frozen, with fears for her own safety engulfing her mind.
The consequences of her lack of action erupt the following day. Gillian finds herself locked in a classroom with her angry student. With no clear intent, Reece refuses to relinquish the key. He wants her to feel the irreversible breakdown of trust. He wants her to pay – and to know his pain.
A gripping tussle of power and an urgent interrogation of racial identity, written by emerging playwright Nana-Kofi Kufuor and directed by Dermot Daly
We will be touring The Difference Engine with the show – a tool that allows d/Deaf audiences to read performance captions on their phone. You can find out more information about it here.
Listen to our Dermot’s audio blog from the rehearsal period here:
News of our Autumn 2021 tour will be announced soon!
Paul and Danny meet every Wednesday for a pint after work. It has been a tradition for three years, and 2020 is no different. But 2020 is different. And as the weeks continue the reality of this new world dawns upon them both and we see how they react as the world starts to fall into chaos all around them…
Paul and Danny are connected, and so are all of us.
Connected was written by Chris O’Connor and Paul Fox, performed by Stevie Ward and Paul Fox, directed by Rod Dixon, with sound by Dom Smith and is produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with Mantality. Music was composed and performed by Claire-Marie Seddon with lyrics by Chris O’Connor and Claire-Marie Seddon.
Connected is available on Red Ladder’s Podcast which should be on all good podcasting apps. It is also available on our Soundcloud here:
And you can play through episodes below as well – latest episode is at the top!
Connected #16: The Promised Land
Connected #15: Liverpool’s Title, burning soup and ‘Doing a Leeds’
Connected #14: Covid, Cummings and Naked Attraction…
Connected #13: Disinfectant, Danny’s Mum and Cheap Therapy
Connected #12: Zooms, Coma’s and Conspiracies
Connected #11: Bhudda Banter, DiCaprio and ‘Against Karate?’
Connected#10: Honesty, Mistakes and Prison…
Connected#9: Bog Roll, Denzel and Unprecedented Times…
Connected#8: Elton John tattoo, Serie A and Paul’s date…
Connected#7: Italian restaurants, Liverpool’s wobble and carefree Brian
Connected#6: 5G, Massages and Anxious Geoff
Connected#5: Love, solitude and spas…
Connected#4: Wigan at home, Dry Jan and the madness of Mad John…
Connected#3: Life, death and the legend of Breathless Wonder…
Connected#1: Jacko, Mystic Meg and the mental fortitude of Leeds Utd…
Down the stairs… Along the corridor… Round the corner… Into the dressing room… HIS dressing room. Hateful, hateful place. Spiteful, spiteful place. Dirty, dirty Leeds.
1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his managerial career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team: Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds.
Originally co-produced with the Leeds Playhouse, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.
‘a cracking piece of theatre’ 4* review from British Theatre
‘swift, compact and bullishly to the point’ 5* review from Entertainment Focus
‘Yes, this a play about football, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a tribute to an era-defining genius, a portrait of a man terminally wrapped-up in his own bravado, a study of loyalty and friendship under pressure…’ 4* Review in The Stage
By Anders Lustgarten
Adapted from the novel by David Peace
Directed by Red Ladder’s Artistic Director Rod Dixon