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Two hard hitting plays to show in local Barnsley venues

Following a huge success touring high quality and hard hitting theatre to local and rural venues, The Civic will be supporting Leeds theatre company, Red Ladder in putting on two more theatre productions in the Barnsley area, at affordable prices.

Red Ladder exists to create theatre about and around human struggle and has had great success bringing quality theatre into the community, with shows such as The Damned United, We’re Not Going Back, The Last Seam and The Life and Soul at venues such as Live Arts Café and Shaw Lane. Now celebrating five decades as one of the UK’s longest running radical theatre companies Red Ladder are acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading national touring companies they produce new theatre and contribute to social change and global justice.

“For fifty years Red Ladder Theatre Company has responded to the changing world… at our core is a commitment to telling the stories of working class, reflecting unheard voices on our stages and making theatre that is relevant to ordinary people” Rod Dixon, Artistic Director

The Civic have been proud to support this excellent company and the Red Ladder and Civic on Tour partnership will continue with two more excellent shows this winter: When We Were Brothers and another showing of The Damned United.

When we were brothers is an uplifting story exploring themes of mental health and friendship.

Lads don’t cry. But what if you have to? When you feel like you’re going to explode. When everything’s closing in. And you don’t even know if you can stand it anymore. What then?

Danny and Tommo have been friends since they were 8 years old. Played, fought, had each other’s backs. Like brothers. Now they’re grown up; Danny’s down in that London and Tommo is off work and back at his old bedroom. But Tommo’s mum, Julie, is really worried about him, and Danny may be the only one who can help…

When We Were Brothers is a one-hour new play by Ben Tagoe (Coronation Street, Lucky Man) about being a man, mental health, and friendship.

The three actors all give moving, honest and utterly authentic performances… an uplifting story of the importance and healing power of friendship’ – Yorkshire Post

The Damned United, which sold out performances in Barnsley last year is adapted from David Pearce's ingenious novel. It 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.

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’sLeeds United.

"as a piece of theatre it really hits the back of the net." British Theatre Guide

The two performances will show at local Barnsley venues at excellent prices and as they take place in a bar, you can sit and enjoy a drink while watching the show. When We Were Brothers will be at St Johns Church Hall for £5 and The Damned United will show at Jump Club for just £4. At these low prices there’s no excuse to miss out on a great theatre experience.


When We Were Brothers is on Saturday 17 November at 8:00pm at St Johns Church Hall

Tickets are £5

Recommended for 14+


The Damned United is on Sunday 18 November at 8:00pm at Jump Club

Tickets are £4

Recommended for 16+


For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.