Brassed Off at the Gaiety Theatre

The Legion Players in association with Manx Concert Brass present Brassed Off by Paul Allen at the Gaiety Theatre this November.

South Yorkshire, 1994: Grimley Colliery has been mining coal for over a hundred years, but now the pit is set to close in the name of progress. 1200 miners will lose their jobs, an entire community faces a bleak future and the colliery brass band will stop playing for good. Then along comes flugelhorn-player Gloria bringing renewed hope… but whose side is she really on? As families are torn apart, loyalties are tested and hope is failing, can the band make it to the National Championships at the Albert Hall?

This much-praised play is adapted from Mark Herman’s multi-award-winning film starring Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor and Stephen Tompkinson. The film was enormously popular with audiences and sparked a widespread resurgence of interest in brass band music.

In its debut run at the Sheffield Crucible, the play was riotously praised for its ‘sheer emotional power’ and its defiant celebration of community spirit and working-class pride. It is the brilliantly funny and incredibly moving story of a desperate community fighting for its future.

This unique production, fusing theatre and live music, marks the first ever collaboration between an amateur dramatics society and a local musical group, with performances from members of Manx Concert Brass as Grimley Colliery Band. Director Alex Brindley says, "It’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved in something totally different and exciting, which has a lot of humour, pathos and uplifting music." He promises "a sensational experience for cast and audience alike".

Lovers of brass band music, fans of stirring, powerful theatre and anyone valuing heart and spirit are advised to catch this stunning show.

Brassed Off will run from 2-4 November at the Gaiety Theatre, with tickets priced at £6, £7 and £8. The play contains some strong language. For more information, call the Box Office on 694555.