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. It’s a wonderfully heartwarming and hopeful story about accepting our vulnerability and learning to share what scares us the most.

THE LADDER premiered at Norfolk and Norwich Festival  on Friday 17 May 2019 and continues to tour in 2019.

2019 Tour Dates

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

October – Cambridge Junction (date TBC)

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 £20,000 for Street Child United this year! A massive thank you, to you all! Hope you can join us on the road in 2019.

Click on the link below for a full list of:

2019 Tour Dates 


343Head DukeOur generous audiences have raised over £50,000 towards Save the Children's Child Refugee Appeals since The Duke premiered. We're so grateful to you all and hope to continue to increase this phenomenal amount throughout 2019.

For a list of where to see The Duke this year please click here.