DOWN the stairs, along the corridor, round the corner and into the dressing room.

That’s a journey to be taken by the audience at Glusburn Arts Centre on June 23 in the company of the renowned Red Ladder Theatre Company.

The group is visiting the venue, also known as Glusburn Institute, for an 8pm performance of acclaimed soccer drama The Damned United.

Red Ladder teamed up with the West Yorkshire Playhouse for the play based on David Peace’s “brilliant and ingenious” novel.

The year is 1974, the place Elland Road, home of Leeds United.

Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team.

Leeds United is the team Clough has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds.

The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.

Author David Peace said: “Football itself, at every level, is drama, theatre and spectacle played out before a living, breathing and usually very partisan audience; this is what everybody involved brought to the story which neither the book nor the film could do.”

The rights for that were donated by David Peace to Red Ladder Theatre Company for £3.68 – a penny for each page in the novel – in 2014, as a show of support for the Leeds-based radical theatre company when it received a 100per cent cut to Arts Council Funding.

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