IF you live in the North, chances are you’ll have seen or heard of Brassed Off.
Whether it was the 1996 film starring Pete Postlethwaite and a young Ewan McGregor.
Or you’ve seen a production of the play adaptation, this gritty northern drama is a classic.
And that’s why Mossley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, will be performing the play at the George Lawton Hall from Monday, September 18 to Saturday, September 23.
The Society has staged this production once before back in 2002, and don’t often repeat a production. But this one they just had to revisit.
The play is set in South Yorkshire in 1994, where Grimley pit faces the threat of closure and the future of their brass band seems uncertain.
Miners are torn between redundancy packages and the picket line.
Danny, the band’s leader, has high hopes of winning the National Brass Band Competition at the Albert Hall, but with members of the band feeling too disheartened to carry on, that ambition seems like a distant dream.
The arrival of ‘outsider’ and flugelhorn playing Gloria breathes life into the miners, and with her comes hope, romance and controversy for a Yorkshire brass band close to collapse.
‘Brassed Off’ is as warm and funny as it is poignant and dark, and resonates especially with anyone who can remember the national outcry and unrest during the miners’ strike and subsequent pit closures back in the 1980s and 90s.
“What really makes this play special though is the inclusion of real, live brass band music, and we are delighted to announce that Mossley Band will be joining us for this production, and will become Grimley Colliery Band on stage at every performance.
Mossley Band have been an integral part of the local community since the 1800s, and in 1853 were the winners of the first brass band contest, the British Open Championship, at Belle Vue, Manchester.
In 2017, Mossley are a first section band of the highest calibre, and we’re so excited that they will be joining us to bring the soundtrack of the play to life.
Pieces you will hear them play during the show include the William Tell Overture, and Concierto de Aranjuez (Orange Juice), Gloria’s nerve-wracking first solo with the band.
If this all sounds like something you want to see, you’ll need to book your tickets fast, as the Friday and Saturday night performances are already nearly sold out.
The play opens on Monday, September 18 at 7.30, with performances at the same time every evening that week until Saturday, September 23.
There will also be a matinee performance at 2.15pm on the Saturday afternoon.
Alternatively, call ticket secretary Pauline Davenport on 07717 594 274.