AFTER a bold decision to stage little known American musical, ‘Parade’ Mossley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, went with the tried and trusted with their most recent production of ‘Brassed Off’.
Originally a film, starring Pete Postlethwaite and Ewan McGregor and released in 1976, the first stage adaption took place two years later.
Since then it’s been a ‘must’ production for professional and amateur companies, the length and breadth of the UK.
Last performed by MAODS in 2002, ‘Brassed Off’ returned to sell-out crowds for most of its run; testimony to the strong plot line which still runs deep in Northern communities and positive feedback from early performance goers.
A synopsis is hardly needed of such a famous work. But the action centres on the pit village of Grimley and the impending closure of its coal mine.
Miners battle their consciences over ‘a deal or no deal’ scenario involving the pit’s future, inextricably linked to the fortunes of the colliery brass band.
The bleakness of the situation, interjected with plenty of shafts of humour, was brought to life splendidly by the cast swelled by Mossley Band as Grimley Band.
It was a theatrical experience and musical concert for the price of one.
The lead character of Phil and his plummet to the depths of despair was excellently portrayed by John Meachen.
Take a bow too Jon Crebbin and Mike Sammon as long-standing friends, Jim and Harry.
And the whole production’s replication of a trip to the Whit Friday Band Contest in Saddleworth was a comic delight.
Hopefully, it won’t be another 15 years before ‘Brassed Off’ is back in Mossley. But this production will keep us going for some time.
Never ones to rest on their laurels, MAODS are already turning attentions to next year.
A meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 31 at their Woodend Mill studios for anyone interested in next April’s production of ‘Gypsy’.
Auditions will be then held on Sunday, November 5 and 12 from 1pm.