Red Ladder’s 50th Anniversary Production Mother Courage & Her Children

 Red Ladder is staging the first classic play in its 50 year history at Albion Electric Warehouse from 28 September – 20 October.

Brecht’s fearless matriarch, Mother Courage, is played by Pauline McGlynn, directed by Rod Dixon in a timeless anti-war play, which asks questions around the effects of war and the fear of immigration.   Readers will recognise Pauline as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted.

One of the first actors to graduate from the unique performance degree for d/Deaf performers, Bea Webster, plays Kattrin.

The live musical score is composed by Boff Whalley and singer-songwriter Beccy Owen is responsible for the musical arrangement.

Photographs provided by Amanda Tricket PR.

Pauline McLynn says “Mother Courage is one of the great, iconic roles and to have this opportunity to play her is a particular thrill for me. I am excited to introduce whole new audiences to Brecht, a challenging and brilliant playwright who provokes and enriches us with his work…….. I can’t wait to get started on this sprawling delight.”

Red Ladder artistic director Rod Dixon says “This is the first time in 50 years that Red Ladder will have staged a classic, and to me, it is the perfect play for our troubled times. Brecht is one of the most radical and experimental of playwrights from the last century………..Mother Courage is a gigantic role and I am particularly excited that Pauline is to play her. Pauline brings a rich experience of many characters on stage and screen to this production, and audiences will be thrilled by her performance.

Tickets for Red Ladder’s 50th production Mother Courage and her Children are on sale through Leeds Playhouse. Book via or call Leeds Playhouse on 0113 213 7700.

Performances of Mother Courage and her Children take place at Albion Electric warehouse, South Accommodation Road, Leeds, LS10 1PR.

Evening Performances: Mon – Sat 7.30pm.

Matinees: Sat and Wed 2.00pm

Access: All performances use creative BSL and captioning for d/Deaf audiences

For further info: @redladdertheatr #mothercourage2018

In 2014, Red Ladder was subject to a 100% funding cut from ACE and very nearly ceased to exist. This led to the launch of the Save Red Ladder Campaign, set up by a group of independent supporters – which included the donation of The Damned United rights for a nominal sum by David Peace. Off the back of this success, Red Ladder has launched its Ladderistas membership scheme. The company rejoins ACE’s NPO as a funded organisation this year.

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