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The Damned United
March 4, 2016 - April 2, 2016
Associate Designer Hannah Sibai
Designed by Signe Beckmann
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Down the stairs…
Along the corridor…
Round the corner…
Into the dressing room… HIS dressing room. Hateful, hateful place. Spiteful, spiteful place. Dirty, dirty Leeds.
1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his managerial career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds.
A West Yorkshire Playhouse and Red Ladder Theatre Company co-production, adapted from David Peace’s ingenious novel, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.
By Anders Lustgarten,
adapted from the novel by David Peace
Post Show Discussion with David Peace
Monday 14 March
Find out how it all kicked off in an exclusive discussion with the author of the novel.
Red Ladder is a radical theatre company with 45 years of history. The company is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading national touring companies producing new theatre, contributing to social change and global justice. Red Ladder is funded by Arts Council England and by Leeds City Council.
Founded in 1968 in London, the company has a colourful history rooted in the radical socialist theatre movement in Britain known as agitprop. Born into an era of riots, demonstrations and revolts, Red Ladder has grown up, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century, where it continues to fight, to entertain, and to agitate in as equal measures as possible.
Red Ladder exists to create theatre about and around human struggle. To do this, our work must be galvanising and stimulating; generous and life affirming ; collaborative and visionary ; fearless; of and for many people.
We seek to redefine and reclaim notions of popular, political and radical in a theatre context, and place politics and accessibility as twin and complementary facets of a people’s theatre. We use our unique history as a leadership resource for theatre and theatre-makers seeking contemporary forms which speak to the politics of the now. “When the best leaders’ work is done the people shall say ‘We did it ourselves’” Lao Tzu