Red Ladder Theatre Company

Current Shows

Convicts and Lunatics

Convicts and Lunatics is an amusing and thought provoking double bill featuring Red Ladder Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed one-woman musical drama, followed by feminist comedy dance at its best, by up and coming Gracefool Collective.

Wrong ‘Un, A Suffragette’s Story by Boff Whalley is set in February 1918 where Parliament is poised to grant what the suffragettes have been fighting for – votes for all women.  After years of direct action, imprisonment and force-feeding, it seems their time has come. This is the story of a Lancashire mill-girl on her journey from schoolroom to prison cell and beyond.

This really is too muchOutlandish and highly entertaining, this piece of dance theatre by Gracefool Collective delves into a world of farcical stereotypes and preposterous power struggles. Watch four characters bend over backwards in an attempt to be 3-dimensional, high definition, water-drinking, salad-eating, moisturizing WO-men in modern society.


The Life and Soul

Jim’s always been a bit of a character, just like his Dad, and spends most of his life between the bookies, the pub and the football. He’s always had this lingering feeling though that he doesn’t quite fit into this world, that there’s something different about him, something wrong…

Jim’s never told his story to anyone before, but tonight he’s going to tell it to you…

Written by Chris O’Connor, directed by Rod Dixon and produced by Jen Sullivan.


The Damned United

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 West Yorkshire 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.

By Anders Lustgarten
Adapted from the novel by David Peace
In association with Unity Theatre Liverpool


Wrong ‘Un

A one-woman suffragette musical written by Boff Whalley, originally directed by Justin Audibert and is now under the direction of Red Ladder’s Artistic Director Rod Dixon.

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.

Wrong ‘Un opened to a great reception at the Leeds Big Bookend festival on 9 June  2013. We’ve toured to some fantastic venues in autumn 2013 and spring 2014, and will continue to do so throughout the rest of this year. A full tour schedule is available below – please note: some dates will not currently feature booking links, these will be put on sale shortly.

After over three years of performing Ella Harris will no longer be performing as Annie and we are delighted to welcome Kathleen Yore into the role! Kathleen gained a first class honours degree in acting at Bretton Hall. She now works as a freelance puppet builder, puppeteer, clown, actor, musician and workshop facilitator. She is artistic director of Odd Doll Puppetry who are associate artists at Cast in Doncaster and Harrogate Theatre Royal. She devises and tours work for both family and adult audiences. Kathleen also continues to work on productions with companies such as Pickled Image, Invisible Thread, Pif-Paf Street Theatre, and Alive and Kicking. She teaches regularly around Yorkshire and beyond, such as at Guildhall in London and is a regular children’ s hospital giggle doctor for Theodora Children’s Trust.

A full education pack is available to accompany this show, download it here - Wrong ‘Un Education Pack June 2013