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The Parting Glass – BITMO’s Gate, Belle Isle, Leeds

Writer: Chris O’Connor Director: Rod Dixon Designer: Ali Allen Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Parting Glass has been developed from Chris O’Connor’s earlier short play, The Life and Soul. There has been some shift of emphasis, with the main change the addition of a second character which proves hugely beneficial to the play.  The Parting Glass functions effectively as a short ...

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Mother Courage and her Children – Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Translator: Lee Hall Director: Rob Dixon Composer: Boff Whalley Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Red Ladder’s remarkable production of Mother Courage and her Children makes a quite different use of the industrial space of Albion Electric Warehouse from the company’s previous The Shed Crew. The audience again promenades, but between more clearly defined areas, the Community ...

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The Damned United – Shaw Lane Sports Club, Barnsley

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Writer:  Anders Lustgarten Original author: David Peace Director: Rod Dixon Set & Projection Designer: Nina Dunn Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Coming in from a snowy evening in Barnsley, the audience for this three-handed analysis of departed genius stepped into the white heat of one of football’s most bizarre and enduring controversies: the appointment of Brian Clough, Old Big ‘Ead himself, to ...

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The Shed Crew – Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds

Writer: Kevin Fegan Book: Bernard Hare Director: Rod Dixon Designer: Ali Allen Reviewer: Ron Simpson Red Ladder’s production of The Shed Crew in the Albion Electric Warehouse is a remarkable evening of what Rod Dixon terms “immersive” theatre. It works brilliantly on its own terms, but a doubt remains as to the clarity of story-telling for those unfamiliar with the ...

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NEWS: Red Ladder launch of Leeds Lads

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By Ron Simpson A community play usually means that the cast is made up of members of the community who have the opportunity to take part in a play under professional direction and with professional back-up. Leeds Lads, to be staged in June by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with the Carriageworks Theatre and Leeds Civic Arts Guild, fulfils ...

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We’re Not Going Back – Queens Hall, Hexham

Writer: Boff Whalley Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Gemma Hirst The Miners’ strike of the mid-eighties is something that many of us in the north have heard about or experienced, with stories passed to us from our uncles, cousins, grandfathers and fathers. Red Ladder Theatre Company provides a new perspective in their musical comedy We’re Not Going Back, as told through ...

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Wrong ‘Un: A Suffragettes Story – The Lowry, Salford

Writer : Boff Whalley Director : Justin Audibert Reviewer : Sarah Dee “Agitating for vote” is how Annie Wilde, the mill-girl from Lancashire describes her journey from the small town of Nelson to becoming a suffragette and fighting Parliament in London. Wrong ‘Un A Suffragettes Story is a one hander, one act production by Red Ladder Theatre Company. It is ...

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The Matchgirls – Wiltons Music Hall, London

Writers: Bill Owen and Tony Russell Director: John Ward Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:3] In June 1888, thousands of female workers at the Bryant and May match factory at Bow in London’s east end went on strike. Pushed by an uncaring management to the very limit of their endurance, the women’s last available sanction was to withdraw their labour. It was ...

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