Yorkshire Writer David Peace Helps Red Ladder Campaign


Author Donates Theatrical Rights for ‘The Damned United’ to Help Save Red Ladder

A piece of the play for everyone who sets up a direct debit through LocalGiving’s ‘Grow Your Tenner’ match funding scheme

Author David Peace has put an overwhelming vote of confidence in Red Ladder Theatre Company, who lost their National Portfolio Funding in July, by announcing that he has donated the theatrical rights to his book The Damned United to the company. Or rather, Red Ladder has bought them from Faber & Faber for the nominal sum of £3.68 – to represent the 368 pages in the book.

david peace red ladder damned unitedThe play will become the focus of the Save Red Ladder campaign – the campaign’s £80,000 target will now pay for the book to be adapted and the play to be produced.

Localgiving, the charity network and online giving platform supporting Save Red Ladder’s fundraising campaign, has launched its annual ‘Grow Your Tenner’ match fund. The initiative matches the first £10 of donations made through Localgiving.com, meaning that a £10 donation made to Save Red Ladder today will be worth £21.55 to the company, including Gift Aid. Red Ladder will be able to claim up to £2,000 of match funding from one-time donations, plus up to another £10,000 for monthly donations received as direct debits through the scheme.


Save Red Ladder is offering ‘a piece of the play’ to every person who sets up a direct debit (minimum of £5 for six months) from today (14 October) to the end of the Grow Your Tenner campaign. The company is yet to decide what this might be – a page of the script, a physical piece of the set – all suggestions welcome on their facebook page or via saveredladder.co.uk. There will certainly be an invite to a party with David Peace, Red Ladder and the cast, which is likely to include a ‘name.’

David Peace said: “For me, after all the inspiration and support I got from Red Ladder, particularly with the Red Writers Group while I was back in the UK from 2009 and 2011, and all the enthusiasm and interest Rod Dixon and Chris Lloyd have shown in my work – they were so helpful and inspiring when I was writing ‘Red or Dead’ -– offering the theatrical rights for The Damned United for the minimum amount possible was the very least I could do to try, even in a such a small way, to help ‘Save Red Ladder.'”

The campaign’s current total stands at £12,600 towards its £80,000 target.

To help the cause follow @saveredladder, use the #GisATenner hashtag, visit www.saveredladder.co.uk or donate directly via www.localgiving.com/redladder


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