Sheffield sees theatre group’s drama on and off stage

Scene from Nicobobinus - coming to St Michael's village hall on February 14, 2015
Scene from Nicobobinus - coming to St Michael's village hall on February 14, 2015
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A Yorkshire theatre company that has its own drama fighting to survive is bringing two shows to the region next week.

Leeds radical theatre company Red Ladder presents miners’ strike play We’re Not Going Back at Sheffield Trades Club and children’s show Nicobobinus at Cast in Doncaster.

Red Ladder Theatre Company's production of We're Not Going Back.

Red Ladder Theatre Company's production of We're Not Going Back.

Artistic director Rod Dixon also directed We’re Not Going Back. He said: “It’s a comedy about three sisters who don’t get on at all. That year of the miners’ strike brings them all together. It’s a metaphor for the solidarity that came together in the face of difficulty.”

Red Ladder takes theatre to audiences that wouldn’t think about going to a play. Rod said that We’re Not Going Back has been seen in Hemsworth Miners’ Welfare near Pontefract.

“They absolutely loved it and talked all the way through it, saying ‘I remember that’.

“They were so proud we’d taken their story and thought we were doing a good job with it.”

Red Ladder’s production of Nicobobinus has been adapted from Monty Python star Terry Jones’ children’s story. The comedian is supporting a Save Red Ladder campaign.

Rod said: “The show is great for families because there is Monty Python humour for the adults and on the other hand there’s real adventure for little kids.”

Red Ladder had its Arts Council grant axed but Rod is optimistic that the company will continue.

A crowdfunding campaign has already raised £20,000.

We’re not Going Back is on at Sheffield Trades and Labour Club on Duke Street next Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Tickets: email tucsheffield@gmail.com or go to Evenbrite

Nicobobinus is at Cast in Doncaster next Thursday. Tickets: Cast in Doncaster or call 01302 303959.