Red Ladder supporters Phill Jupitus and Paul Heaton got behind the ‘Save Red Ladder’ big red megaphone for the official launch of www.saveredladder.co.uk.
Following the announcement on Tuesday 1 July that the UK’s leading radical theatre company Red Ladder is to receive a 100% cut to its Arts Council funding, a team of independent supporters have set up a campaign to save the company.
The campaign’s website went live on Tuesday, although early donations to online platform www.localgiving.com/redladder already total over £5000, with the campaign’s twitter account reaching over 1000 followers in its first week.
The #GisATenner campaign is based on the fact that if each of Red Ladder’s Twitter followers gave £10 that would cover the full production budget of one UK tour (£80,000), and half of the £160,000 that the company had cut. The company’s only other current core grant in aid is an annual £5000 from Leeds City Council.
“Red Ladder is that rare thing within UK theatre – a company that has successfully continued to produce theatre that is energetic, entertaining and angry at a time when it needs to be angry,” said Phill Jupitus who starred in Red Ladder’s 2012 show, Big Society. “But more importantly, consistently produces work that speaks to the wide majority of people who don’t consider themselves ‘theatre goers’. Red Ladder’s work is important, and Red Ladder is important. To lose them at a point in British history where the fight against everyday inequality and everyday injustice is being lost all around us would be a genuine tragedy.”
Red Ladder’s show We’re Not Going Back is on UK tour from September. For tickets visit www.redladder.co.uk.