Shôn Dale-Jones Presents Hugh Hughes: The Ladder

Date:Fri 18 Oct
Time:7.30pm
Venue:J2
Price:Pay What You Feel

When theatre-maker Shôn Dale-Jones becomes too pessimistic to write a new show, he approaches his long-time collaborator, the Welsh emerging artist, Hugh Hughes, to step in.

Determined to restore Shôn’s faith in humanity, Hugh creates THE LADDER. Using the story of his father’s life and death, Hugh Hughes challenges us to wake up to the pitfalls that surround our everyday lives.

THE LADDER is a wake-up call to the sleepwalkers heading off the edge of the cliff. The show exposes us to some of the decisions we make in our lives - decisions we make, knowing full well, that we’re making the wrong choice. Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s call to arms - to stop our march towards extinction - THE LADDER observes how easily our lives can take us knowingly to an avoidable end. The Welsh emerging artist Hugh Hughes walks us through his father’s life to help him understand better how he ended up falling to his death from a ladder.

A poignant and heart-warming show, THE LADDER points to a way forward by confronting the mistakes we make.

Following hits THE DUKE and ME & ROBIN HOOD, THE LADDER is the third and final show in THE LOOSE CHANGE TRILOGY about our need to empathise more with one another and to recognise the need to support those with less than ourselves. It’s a wonderfully heartwarming and hopeful story about accepting our vulnerability and learning to share what scares us the most.
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"This is such a clever and satisfying piece of theatre. A show about death that is thoroughly life-enhancing. A show that embraces so much about working-class male culture and small-town life, in a manner that is humorous but never cruel or condescending. A theatre show about making theatre shows: much meta-theatre disappears up its own backside, but here we get an always entertaining and accessible reflection on how to make theatre, and how theatre makes stories come to life. The show is directed and designed by the other half of Hoipolloi, Stefanie Muller – and she has, as ever, done a sterling job."
Total Theatre Magazine

"It’s all about truth, not the raw kind but the shifting sands type. The magic where fantasy and reality merge… It’s warm, funny and dances a graceful and gentle line between playfulness and pathos.”
Exeunt Magazine

Commissioned by Norfolk and Norwich Festival. | In association with Theatre Royal Plymouth & Cambridge Junction

Age: 12+

Duration: approx. 90 mins (no interval)

Box office and bar open 1 hour before event start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.