Red Ladder Theatre Company

Past 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 […]


Leeds Lads Film Screening

Relive Leeds Lads on the big screen at the Carriageworks Theatre as we invite you to a cinematic version of the stage show – a kind of RL Live! Breathing life into the characters of Leeds’s past, this vibrant production transports you from the turmoil and tensions of war, to the rich and multi-cultural city […]


Highlighted Show

Wrong ‘Un

9 June 2013 - 12 November 2016

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 […]


Leeds Lads

Coinciding with the centenary anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Red Ladder Theatre Company, Carriageworks Theatre and Leeds Civic Arts Guild present new play Leeds Lads, with words and music by Anthony Clavane and Nick Stimson A young woman’s journey into Leeds’ secret, inspiring past It’s 2016. Tara stands on the steps of Leeds Town Hall on the day the […]



23 May 2015 -

Joe’s always loved stories – reading them, listening to them and making them up himself, but tonight he’s going to tell you his story… one that he’s never told before and that no one else knows. Joe’s dad loves football and poaching for rabbits, Cal mostly loves picking on Joe (but that’s what big brothers […]


We’re Not Going Back

9 July 2014 - 21 February 2015

Red Ladder Theatre Company and Unite the Union present We’re Not Going Back, a hard hitting musical comedy about the 1984/85 miners’ strike.  But in this play there are no miners. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to […]



Red Ladder Theatre Company and DumbWise present a new family musical based on Monty Python star Terry Jones’ much loved children’s book. ‘This is the story of the most incredible child… His name was Nicobobinus. He lived a long time ago in a city called Venice, and he could do anything.’ Or, could he? When Nicobobinus […]


Hurling Rubble at the Moon

14 May 2015 - 6 June 2015

by Avaes Mohammad   “It’s not about the Scousers, or the Geordies or even the Irish anymore. It’s not even about the Blacks or the Asians. It’s a new age with a new threat and you don’t even know it.” This side of town. The first years of the millennium and Skef’s dad is back. Reliving his […]


Hurling Rubble at the Sun

14 May 2015 - 6 June 2015

by Avaes Mohammad   “Sometimes all you can do is make them see what it is they’re doing to you. What they’ve done to you. What they’ve turned you into. Sometimes that’s all you have left to show.”   That side of town. July 2005. One blistering night. One blazing day. T labours over hot-plates cooking […]


Playing The Joker

3 May 2014 - 1 June 2014

Playing The Joker is about Eddie Waring’s attempt to give rugby league a national profile. After its sell-out run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Red Ladder have been awarded the startegic touring fund from Arts Council England to tour award winning Sunday Mirror writer Anthony Clavane’s play to rugby league clubs in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. Through […]