£10; £9 conc; £8 BAC & TUC members
A musical comedy
Written by Chumbawamba’s Boff Whalley
Directed by Rod Dixon
Set in 1960’s Liverpool during a dockworkers and seafarers strike the play looks and laughs at this changing world through the microcosm of one terraced house where the TV does battle with the upright piano. Against a backdrop of picketing, marches and jailings, the McDermotts fight, laugh, lie and sing their way through these challenging times fuelled by home-brewed banana beer and a tea-chest bass. Jack croons the classics, Jerry sings skiffle and beat and Mum belts out the old bawdy sailor’s songs. “Keep the noise down, love, Z-Cars is on.” It’s history with choruses you can sing along to with Red Ladder reconnecting noisily with a great tradition of radical, political and entertaining theatre.