The Ladder

by Brian Way


Age Advice: Grades 4 - 6

The Ladder was first produced by Theatre Centre in 1961. It was written and directed by the author and toured throughout the Brisish Isles for a year.

At the top of a mountain, many days journey from civilisation, stants the Ladder. No one knows how the Ladder came to be there; no one knows the mystery of the person who is the Keeper of the Ladder. But, as with all strange and inexplicable things, a legend has grown up. And  the legend says that if anyone can climb the mountain and reach the top of the Ladder, their hopes and dreams will come true for but twenty-four hours. On this day, three people reach the top of the mountain at the same moment.


(Two men and two women)

The Keeper of the Ladder
A Merchant
Bill, a soldier
Nina, a peasant

Creative Team

Writer: Brian Way
Director: Brian Way

The information on this page has been gathered from archive materials and is incomplete. Do you have more information about this play, or were you involved in its production? Let us know by leaving a comment below or contacting us.

A copy of the script (for the original radio play only) is held by the British Library.

"The puppet-makers, who are a rather cruel people, have made such big puppets that they are not able to lift them to heir feet, no matter how hard they pull at the strings; the only parts of the puppets that will move are their hands and arms."

Nina, a peasant

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