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Red Ellen

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Northern Stage, present

RED ELLEN
By Caroline Bird
Directed by Wils Wilson
 

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“Inspirational … Red Ellen crackles with modern day resonances"

The Guardian 

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“It will blow you away, without question, whatever your politics”

What's On Stage

This remarkable new play, from Caroline Bird directed by Lyceum Artistic associate Wils Wilson,  tells the inspiring and epic story of Ellen Wilkinson, Labour MP, who was forever on the right side of history, forever on the wrong side of life.

Caught between revolutionary and parliamentary politics, Ellen fights with an unstoppable, reckless energy for a better world. Running (quite literally in some cases) into the likes of Albert Einstein and Ernest Hemingway, she battles to save Jewish refugees in Nazi Germany; campaigns for Britain to aid the fight against Franco’s Fascists in Spain; and leads 200 workers in the Jarrow Crusade, marching from Newcastle to London to deliver a petition to end unemployment and poverty. She serves as a vital member of Churchill’s cabinet, and has affairs with communist spies and government ministers. But, despite all of this, she still finds herself – somehow – on the outside looking in.

This is the story of Ellen Wilkinson.

There is more than one way to kill a revolutionary…

Caroline Bird is an acclaimed playwright and poet – winner of the forward prize for best poetry collection in 2020. She was the youngest ever member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme. In 2013 her acclaimed new version of The Trojan Women premiered at the Gate Theatre and she was short-listed for Most Promising New Playwright at the Off-West-End Awards. 

#RedEllen

Cast and Credits

CAST

Mercedes Assad  Mr Ansley
Sandy Batchelor  Otto
Laura Evelyn  Isabel
Bettrys Jones  Ellen
Helen Katamba  Annie
Jim Kitson  David
Kevin Lennon  Herbert
 

CREATIVE TEAM

WRITER  Caroline Bird
DIRECTOR  Wils Wilson
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER  Camilla Clarke
MUSIC & SOUND DESIGNER  Jasmine Kent Rodgman
LIGHTING DESIGNER  Kai Fischer
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR  Patricia Suarez
INTIMACY DIRECTOR  Vanessa Coffey
FIGHT DIRECTOR  Kaitlin Howard
DRAMATURG  Kate Leys
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (RTYDS)  Bex Bowsher
 

THE JARROW MARCH SONG
Music: Jasmine Kent Rodgman
Lyrics: Caroline Bird
Choir: The Felling Male

Dates, Times & Prices

4 - 21 May 2022

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Pay What You Can Preview7.30pm
Wednesday 4 May
Preview tickets on sale from Mon 4 April

EVENINGS7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday
£16 - £33

MATINEES2.30pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
£14 - £29

SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCES
Wednesday 11 May, 2.30pm and 7.30pm performances

Running time: to be confirmed during rehearsals

Accessibility

AUDIO DESCRIBED
Thursday 19 May, 7.30pm
Touch Tour at 6.15pm

CAPTIONED & AUDIO DESCRIBED
Saturday 21 May, 2.30pm
Touch Tour at 1.15pm

BSL INTERPRETED
Wednesday 18 May, 7.30pm

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

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WHY NOT TRY...
Free events tailored to the show

Post-Show Discussion
Tuesday 10 May
Join members of the cast and creative team for an informal discussion about the show after the evening performance.

Press Coverage

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“Tackles politics with humour and flair”

The Stage


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"A trenchant portrait of a political trailblazer"

The Times

****
“Inspirational … Red Ellen crackles with modern day resonances"

Guardian 
 

****
“It will blow you away, without question, whatever your politics”

What's On Stage