Shôn Dale-Jones Presents Hugh Hughes

in a Hoipolloi Production of


The uplifting story of a downfall

The popular and multiple award-winning Welsh emerging artist, Hugh Hughes (FLOATING, STORY OF A RABBIT, STORIES FROM AN INVISIBLE TOWN), returns after six years, bringing his father back to life in this uplifting and heart-warming new show, THE LADDER.

Determined to restore Hoipolloi’s Artistic Director,  Shôn Dale Jones’ faith in humanity, Hugh Hughes creates THE LADDER. Using the story of his father’s life and death, Hugh challenges us to wake up to the pitfalls that surround our everyday lives. 

The Welsh emerging artist walks us through his father’s life to help him understand better how he ended up falling to his death from a ladder. 

 A poignant and heart-warming show, THE LADDER points to a way forward by confronting the mistakes we make.

Following hits THE DUKE and ME & ROBIN HOOD, THE LADDER is the third and final show in THE LOOSE CHANGE TRILOGY about our need to empathise more with one another and to recognise the need to support those with less than ourselves.

THE LOOSE CHANGE Trilogy weaves the personal with the political and inspires social action in audiences, partnering with charities to present shows, offering a new model for theatre and social justice. To date the first two shows in the trilogy, The Duke and ME & ROBIN HOOD have raised £75,000 for children refugees and street-connected children, supporting Save The Children and Street Child United. THE LADDER continues to playfully challenge what we value and our readiness to make the changes we need to make in today’s chaotic world, and we are asking our audiences to support the World Wildlife Fund’s Amazon Emergency Campaign to drive resources to the front line of the Amazon fires.

Thousands of fires are raging – we cannot possibly firefight all these directly, this is the task of Amazon governments. WWF’s is supporting those on the frontline dealing with this emergency and continuing to support once the fires are out. This includes supporting local and indigenous communities and lobbying the government for stronger action in protecting the rainforest.

As Greta says ‘no one is too small to make a difference’ so whether you can give £1, £10 or £100 towards THE LADDER’s WWF Amazon Emergency Campaign even penny will go to support the worthwhile cause and help us save the planet from extinction. Audiences can donate after the show or you can visit our Just Giving Page by clicking here

2019 Tour Dates

Thu 21 – Sat 23 Nov- 7.45pm | Salisbury Playhouse

Fri 08 Nov – 7.30pm | Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Fri 18 October –7.30pm | Cambridge Junction

Thu 19 – Sat 28 Sep – 7.45pm (& 2.45pm Sat 28 Sep) | Theatre Royal Plymouth

Sat 20 – Sun 21 Jul 2019| Latitude Festival, Suffolk

Tue 04 Jun 2019 – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, 9.30pm | PULSE Festival, Ipswich

Fri 17 – Sat 18 May 2019 – 7.30pm | Norfolk and Norwich Festival 

Commissioned by Norfolk and Norwich Festival. In association with Theatre Royal Plymouth & Cambridge Junction.


Our phenomenal ME & ROBIN HOOD audiences have raised over £24,300 to date for Street Child United!

A massive, massive thank you, to you all! 


343Head DukeOur generous audiences have raised over £51,600 to support child refugees through Save the Children's since The Duke premiered. We're so grateful to you all!

On top of that audiences of THE LADDER, which begun touring this autumn, have also raised over £550 for World Wildlife Fund's Amazon Emergency.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, you are all awesome!