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Drink and a show? Theatre in Barnsley with free drink.

Play about rugby at Shaw Lane Sports Club

Britain’s leading radical theatre company, Red Ladder return to Barnsley with a gripping play about Rugby.

Drink and a show? Taking theatre into the community, Red Ladder and Civic on Tour are in partnership to bring high quality theatre into accessible locations, with a show at Shaw Lane Sports Club complete with free drink.

December, 1977 – it’s nine years since the infamous ‘Watersplash Final’ – and the once revered “Uncle Eddie” has withdrawn into the protective walls of the The Queens Hotel.

Out front fanatical Rugby League fan Eddie Marlowe, grieving the recent loss of his father, is hellbent on speaking alone with his idol. Will he get that chance?

Playing The Joker is about one man’s dream to give rugby league a national profile – written by award winning author and former Sunday Mirror journalist Anthony Clavane (Leeds Lads).

Through a winning combination of gripping action and infectious humour, Playing the Joker presents a moving and funny slice of 1970s northern life.

After a sell-out run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in November 2013, followed by a 2014 tour to rugby league clubs throughout the north of England, Playing the Joker is back on the road – 50 years on since the ‘Watersplash Final’. Featuring an all new talented cast of three including Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan, and directed by Red Ladder’s Artistic Director Rod Dixon.

At just £7 a ticket including a free drink there’s no excuse to miss out on a great theatre experience.

The Red Ladder and Civic on Tour partnership will continue throughout the season with more shows including: The Last Seam, which pays tribute to the people of the coalfields bringing to life stories of miners and their loved ones; When We Were Brothers, an uplifting story exploring themes of mental health and friendship; and The Damned United, which sold out performances in Barnsley last year.

Playing The Joker is at Shaw Lane Sports Club on Wednesday 25 July at 8:00pm.

Tickets £7 including a free drink*

Tickets available through The Civic box office or website.

*Selected drinks only