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Theatrical rights to The Damned United donated to Red Ladder

Author David Peace donates theatrical book to fund theatre company.

Damned United Donated

The Damned United author David Peace today puts 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 to the company. The Save Red Ladder campaign’s £80,000 target will now pay for the book to be adapted and the play to be produced.

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 14th October to the end of the Grow Your Tenner campaign. The company is yet to decide what this might be, with suggestions being a page of the script, or a physical piece of the set. Red Ladder are welcoming suggestions via

David Peace comments: “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 Dea’ – offering the theatrical rights for The Damned United for the minimum amount possible was the 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 or donate directly via

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