Big Society! A Music Hall Comedy
Filmed and edited by Chloe Plumb
Red Ladder Theatre Company
Starring Phil Jupitus
Crash-landing loudly into the rambunctious world of Edwardian Music Hall, BIG SOCIETY! follows the on- and off-stage exploits of the cast of a Music Hall variety show. It’s 1910 and the cast are fighting for survival, threatened with shock/horror disclosures by a corrupt and moralistic newspaper, ‘The Double Standard’. (Yes, the whole show is based soundly on the premise “Where have I heard that before?”). Trapped between an elitist, public-schooled government and a two-faced, mercenary press, the performers grapple to justify their existence and hold onto their jobs – that is, until Eve, escapologist and mistress to King Edward VII, decides to take things into her own hands.
Sex Docks & Rock 'n' Roll
Cinematography by Chloe Plumb
Red Ladder Theatre winter tour 2010
Sex & Docks & Rock 'n' Roll
Writer:Boff Whalley, Director:Rod Dixon, Design:Ali Allen, Music Arrangement:Harry Hammer & Adam Smith, Lighting:Tim Skelly, StageManager:Jason Barker & Calum Clark, Actors:Dean Nolan; Lisa Howard; Harry Hamer; Kyla Goodey; Nigel Lister; Adam Smith; Calum Clark
Liverpool, 1960. A two-week strike by both dockworkers and seafarers has paralysed the port, and against a backdrop of picketing, marches and jailings one local family plays out the changing times.
They’re the McDermott’s – Dad Ronnie's on the docks, Son Jack’s on the ferries and Mum Jean and her sister Denise are in the council offices. While local Union leader Paddy Neary is carted off to Brixton Jail, the McDermott’s fight, laugh, sing and lie their way in and out of a time when post-war austerity was giving way to a decade of change.
The play looks and laughs at this changing world through the microcosm of one terraced house where the TV does battle with the upright piano. Jack croons the classics, Ronnie sings skiffle and beat and Mum belts out the old bawdy sailor’s songs. “Keep the noise down, love, Z-Cars is on.”
Sex & Docks & Rock ‘n’ Roll carries on where last winter’s highly-successful show Riot, Rebellion & Bloody Insurrection left off – with Red Ladder reconnecting noisily with a great tradition of radical, political and entertaining theatre.
Red Ladder Theatre Company
Cinematography by Chloe Plumb, Sound by Jaydev Mistry
UGLY - Autumn tour, Red Ladder Theatre Company
Writer: Emma Adams
Director: Rod Dixon
Design: Sara Perks
Sound Design: Jaydev Mistry
Lighting: Tim Skelly
StageManager: Calum Clark
Technical Assistant: Jason Barker
Performers:Jo Mousley; Rebecca Rogers; Anna-Maria Nabirye; Pete Hinton.
In a world ever more focussed upon Global Warming and increased scarcity of resources Ugly is a dark comic tale of survival set in a future world where food and water are in dangerously short supply.
UK Tour 2010
Red Ladder joins a protest against a destructive method of extracting gas - Hydraulic Fracking, being carried out at a rig near South Port.
Produced and Edited by Chloe Plumb, Sound by Ned Patten