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The Parting Glass – Gipton Working Mens Club, Leeds

Director: Rod Dixon Writer: Chris O'Connor Design: Ali Allen (set) Tom Blackband (Lighting and sound) Reviewer: Rich Jevons The Parting Glass is a development of The Life and Soul, a short one-man play which Red Ladder has been touring since 2016, and was written by Chris O’Connor following a period of ill mental health. Now a two-hander it explores how ...

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Glory – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Nick Ahad Director: Rod Dixon Designer: Eleanor Bull Fight Director/Choreographer: Kevin McCurdy Reviewer: Ron Simpson Jim Glory, a former wrestling star, owns a rundown gym, Glory’s Gym (Get the pun? There are plenty of those, both silly and serious). He needs money to pay the mortgage and keep the gym open and has the opportunity of entering one of ...

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The Last Seam – Grove Hall, South Kirkby

Writer: Garry Lyons Director: Daljinder Singh Set Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Last Seam is a fine example of the community spirit which it celebrates. Commissioned by CAST in Doncaster and originally staged there, it is now making its way around the clubs and community halls of the former pit villages of Doncaster, Barnsley and Wakefield with the ...

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The Damned United – Grove Hall, South Kirkby

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Adapted from the novel by: David Peace Director: Rod Dixon Set and Projections: Nina Dunn Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Damned United has practically gained the status of folklore, especially in West Yorkshire. Initially, David Peace’s book made an impact as a powerful, imaginative, occasionally poetic insight into what made Brian Clough the flawed genius he was and ...

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Nicobobinus – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Terry Jones Adapter and director: John Ward Composer and Musical Director: Eilidh deBonnaire Reviewer: Ron Simpson John Ward’s version of Terry Jones’ children’s story was originally staged as the Christmas show at London’s LOST Theatre. Now, as the joint production by Red Ladder and DumbWise tours the North and Midlands, there’s still a touch of Christmas cheer about the ...

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Nicobobinus – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Terry Jones Adaptor/Director: John Ward Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Nicobobinus is a boy who lives in Venice and he can do anything! Or so his best friend Rosie believes and so she decides they should embark on an epic adventure to reach The Land of the Dragons. The journey becomes life-or-death when Nico’s arm is turned into gold by a ...

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We’re Not Going Back – City Varieties, Leeds

Written by: Boff Whalley Musical Arrangements by: Beccy Owen Directed by: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Peter Gray We’re Not Going Back is a subtly radical piece of powerful theatre from Red Ladder, which transports us back full thirty years to when political decisions threatened the existence of a national industry and its communities. Set in a re-representation of the 1984-85 Miners’ ...

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Wrong ‘Un – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Writer: Boff Whalley Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Performed a stone’s throw away from the factory where Alice Hawkins, the leader of the Leicester suffrage movement worked, Red Ladders’ new one woman musical drama is a stunning testimony to the power a script and a single actress can have: moving, amusing and intriguing; a sold-out gem of a venue ...

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