Red Ladder Theatre Company

Past Shows


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 […]


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 […]


The Thing About Psychopaths

7 March 2013 - 19 May 2013

Britain. 2013. Times are hard, but the money’s still out there if you know where to look and are prepared to gamble. Whether it’s prison or the corporate world, there are rules to be followed. Only the fittest survive. It’s every man for himself. A searing, funny and thought-provoking new play from Ben Tagoe (‘Cold […]


Sex & Docks & Rock ‘n’ Roll 2013

21 January 2013 - 27 January 2013

A musical comedy written and composed by Chumbawamba founder member and guitarist, Boff Whalley, with musical direction from former band mate Harry Hamer. Sex & Docks & Rock ‘n’ Roll returns to Leeds and Liverpool following its national tour in 2010, this time with Red Ladder Artistic Director, Liverpool-born Rod Dixon, playing the leading role […]