Red Ladder Theatre Company

In the winter of 1968, I attended a fund-raising event for the Poster Workshop and Agitprop Information Service in London.  One of the attractions was a rough and ready skit about the Greater London Council tenants’ rent strike.  The performers hadn’t a clue about stagecraft, but they made people laugh, a lot, and they had an energy which was infectious.  The sketch was as topical as a daily newspaper, and the message was put over via crude cartoons and music hall.  They had their fingers on some kind of pulse. My partner Richard Stourac and I had been trying to find a political theatre group with which to work.  At the end of the evening we looked at each other and said, ‘Maybe instead of standing outside and carping, we should join them.’ 

That was our introduction to the group that became Agitprop Street Theatre, later Red Ladder Mobile Workers’ Theatre.  We went on to work with Red Ladder for 6 years.  We were a collective, so we did not specialise.  I acted, devised/wrote, and organised bookings and tours.