Estuary Players are delighted to be in partnership with Lympstone Band for this production of Brassed Off. The stage play is an adaptation by Paul Allen of Mark Herman’s film and was first seen in Sheffield in 1998, later that year playing at the Olivier at the Royal National Theatre, London.
The play, set in 1994 at a time of great change in the coal industry, tells the very moving story of impending mass redundancies in Grimley, a Yorkshire mining town, when its profitable colliery is threatened with closure. It is worked out through the lives of miners who are members of the colliery band that also faces closure. The band is led by their passionate conductor Danny, who is determined to take the group to the finals of the National Championships at the Albert Hall. The play moves through many levels of light and shade, joy and sorrow following the lives of these miners and their families, all resolutely helped along by some stirring brass band music.
I have been fortunate to gather together a strong cast of 15 actors, young and old, with some new and some familiar faces. Coupled with the forces of Lympstone Band this will be an exciting project for Estuary Players.
The show runs from Tuesday 27th to 30th March in Matthews Hall. Tickets will be available from Topsham News at the end of February at £7.50. Book your tickets early for what promises to be an evening of first class entertainment.
“…celebratory and defiant….sheer emotional power…” The Guardian