Out of hard times, something magical can rise.
They didn’t just want the loaf, they wanted the whole bakery. They didn’t just want the bakery, they wanted the whole street!
Head over to the Royal Court this autumn to see a story of hard graft, hope and pies (mainly pies to be honest).
Back in 2012, the people of Anfield faced losing a huge slice of their local community to property developers. Things were looking bleak until a group of like-minded individuals got together and declared: “enough is enough”. Seeking a place for local lads to earn a crust they transformed a crumbling old bakery. Homebaked was born.
This was the first step on an epic journey. What started with a half-baked idea rose and peaked until it had spawned a thriving community business with plans to transform the adjacent terrace into environmentally sustainable, quality homes and commercial spaces with affordable rent. Is it really possible? A piece of cake.
This is a Liverpool story that needs to be celebrated, and Red Ladder are thrilled to partner up with Liverpool’s Royal Court to tell it with bags of music and belly laughs along the way.
Danny Mellor’s play Undermined is a look at the miners’ strike through the eyes of people who are losing everything except their friend
‘Police Brutality? Money problems? No worries, I’ve got my mates!’ Inspired by the accounts of miners who lived through the strike, Undermined depicts a year where friendships were strengthened and communities came together. Experience the events through the eyes of young miner Dale, as he takes you through his personal story inviting you into the action. This one-man show explores the humour and struggles of the miners’ strike through energetic and gripping storytelling. Danny Mellor presents a youthful and contemporary approach to one of Britain’s most controversial disputes.
This performance is part of the Red Ladder Local touring initiative.
A Red Ladder Theatre Company production with support from Leeds Playhouse and 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 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. The events that unfold will change both their lives forever.
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 Dermot’s audio blog from the rehearsal period here: