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Loom Festival: Red Ladder Theatre Company present Playing The Joker

22nd May 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Red Ladder Theatre Company, Trouble At Mill and Sunny Bank Mills present: Playing the Joker

The incredible true story of legendary rugby league commentator Eddie Waring, starring Leeds Rhino forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

December 1977. It’s nine years since the infamous “Watersplash Final” – and the once revered “Uncle Eddie” has withdrawn into the protective walls of The Queens Hotel.

Out front, fanatical Rugby League fan Eddie Marlowe, grieving the recent loss of his father, is hellbent on speaking alone with his idol. Will he get that chance?

Playing the Joker is about one man’s dream to give Rugby League a national profile – written by award-winning author and former Sunday Mirror journalist Anthony Clavane (Promised Land, Leeds Lads).

Through a winning combination of gripping action and infectious humour, Playing the Joker presents a moving and funny slice of 1970s northern life.

After a sell-out run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, followed by a tour to rugby league clubs throughout the north of England, Playing the Joker is back on the road – 50 years on since the “Watersplash Final”.
Written by Anthony Clavane

Recommended for ages 14+

Resident DJ Paul Dust
Exclusively Playing off Vinyl till midnight.

FOOD & BAR -Cash only.
Harvey’s Curry Canteen opens at 7.00pm. £5.00 per person. Cash only.


The mill is wheelchair accessible on the first floor. Guide dogs welcome. No hearing loop. This event is suitable for anyone aged 14+


Please reserve tickets now -. Once we’re sold out we’ll run a waiting list and let those people on the waiting list know first if tickets are released. Book now for free, pay what you think the performances deserve on the night itself. Please return tickets you can’t use.

Returns are made available on the door at 7.30pm.

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22nd May 2018
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sunny Bank Mills
88 Town Street
Farsley, England LS28 5UJ United Kingdom