Brassed Off Picket Line (Beth Organ, Helen Kay & Emma Tugman)  Photo credit Nobby Clark

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“The truth is, I thought it mattered – I thought that music mattered. But does it? … Not compared to how people matter.”

Danny, Brassed Off
To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike of 1984, we are proud to present this production of Brassed Off directed by Damian Cruden (director of Olivier Award winning ‘Best Entertainment’ The Railway Children).

It is 1992, Grimley Colliery faces the threat of closure and the future of the brass band seems uncertain. With the miners torn between redundancy packages and the picket lines, band-leader Danny’s hopes of winning the national brass band competition seem like a distant dream. But the arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria brings hope, romance and controversy to the Yorkshire brass band on the brink of collapse.

Featuring rousing live music including Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Jerusalem, Brassed Off is a funny and heart-warming drama that reaches stirring heights as a locally cast Brass Band performs the final scene, set in the Royal Albert Hall, live on stage at each theatre.

Passionate and inspiring – a celebration of human endeavour and community spirit in triumph against all the odds.

★★★★ “Damian Cruden’s production neither softens nor sentimentalises” 
The Guardian

The Observer, The Guardian, The Yorkshire Post

“As well as laughter and tears, this show raises a question: in a post-union, atomised world, how can people unite?”
“…strong, gutsy performances and sentiment-shaking brass harmonies from the 21-strong actor and musician ensemble”
The Observer

“Damian Cruden’s production neither softens nor sentimentalises”
“John McArdle fully possesses the role”
“the remarkable Clara Darcey plays it for real”
“emotive impact of a large ensemble blazing through music such as Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez”
The Guardian

“What gives this production its heart is a set of wonderful performances”
The Yorkshire Post

“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

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