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Playing the Joker

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Duration: 45 minutes (no interval)
  • Age Guidance: 14+
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December, 1977 – it’s nine years since the infamous ‘Watersplash Final’ – and the once revered “Uncle Eddie” has withdrawn into the protective walls of  The Queens Hotel.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 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. 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.

Dates:
Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 8pm
Venue: Belle Isle Working Men’s Club
Belle Isle Road, Leeds LS10 3PE

Friday 9 March 2018, 7.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)
Venue: HUNSLET R.L.F.C, South Leeds Stadium,
Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5DJ

Wednesday 14 March 2018, 7.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Venue: Hawksworth Wood Community Centre
6 Broadway, Hawksworth Wood
Leeds, LS5 3PR


If you book online you will be charged a £2.50 booking fee, however for this production, you can book your tickets either over the phone or in person with Box Office and no booking fee will apply.


A Red Ladder Theatre Company production touring as part of ‘Red Ladder Local’ supported by West Yorkshire Playhouse

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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

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*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.

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  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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