by Paul Allan adapted from the screenplay by Mark Herman by Kind Permission of Samuel French
Workington Town Band and Workington Playgoers collaborate to bring this moving, inspiring show to the Theatre Royal stage.
The original film was based on real events in the Yorkshire village of Grimethorpe in 1992, when the local colliery was threatened with closure and the future of the brass band seemed uncertain. The miners who had stood firm throughout the 1984 strike now found themselves facing a redundancy ballot, and brass band-leader Danny’s hopes of winning the national brass band competition seemed like an impossible dream – until flugelhorn-playing Gloria arrived, bringing romance, controversy and hope.
Paul Allen’s theatrical adaptation retains the film’s rugged humour, its honesty about the realities of hardship and most of the best lines. It also has the emotive impact of local musicians playing live. Featuring rousing music, including Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ and ‘Jerusalem’, Brassed Off is a passionate celebration of human endeavour and community spirit triumphing against the odds.
‘A fine adaptation’ The Times
‘A grand night out’ The Guardian
‘Only the flint-hearted will miss the theatrical power or pathos of this stage version of Mark Herman’s admired movie’ London Evening Standard
A Workington Playgoers Production
Doors open: 6:30pm
Running Time: 2.5hrs with intermission
Date: Tues 4th – Sat 8th Dec 2018