Players get set for a polished new show

Cast of Brassed off preparing for their upcoming production at the Alnwick Playhouse.

Cast of Brassed off preparing for their upcoming production at the Alnwick Playhouse.

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To set the scene, it’s 1992, the miners are on strike and a colliery is about to close.

The miners are torn between redundancy packages and the picket lines. Band leader Danny’s hopes of winning the national brass band competition at the Royal Albert Hall seem like a distant dream.

But the arrival of flugelhorn-playing Gloria brings romance, hope and controversy to a Yorkshire brass band whose community is on the brink of collapse.

Brassed Off is the latest production from the thespians at Alnwick Theatre Club and will be performed at Alnwick Playhouse from May 20.

This production will truly bring home the hardships of mining in Britain during the 1980s and 1990s.

The show itself is an adaption of the true story of the 1996 film of the same title, which is a comedy drama that celebrates the power of music and the capacity of the human spirit to inspire a community to triumph against all the odds.

The production will feature live music, including Jerusalem, Danny Boy, William Tell Overture, Land of Hope and Glory and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, played by the Ellington Colliery Brass Band, which will join the cast on stage.

Ellington Colliery closed 10 years ago, so for director David Richardson it was an easy decision to ask the band to come to play with the cast.

Brassed Off runs from Wednesday, May 20, until Saturday, May 23, with all performances starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Playhouse.