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Brassed Off – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

A young man and a woman sit side by side on a bench

Writer: Paul Allen from the screenplay by Mark Herman Director: Gareth Tudor Price Reviewer: Selwyn Knight 1994. Ten years after the miners’ strike and life in the Lancashire mining village of Grimley is still, well, grim. The future of the pit is in the balance – its miners will vote on whether to accept a redundancy payout or send the ...

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The Full Monty – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Music Consultant: Steve Parry Director: Jack Ryder Choreographer: Ian West Reviewer: Janet Jepson It often takes a film to hammer home to the masses the effects of huge social changes that occur in British history. Two of the most damaging of these changes in the Yorkshire area in fairly recent decades have been the losses of the ...

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Brassed Off – Oldham Coliseum

Brassed Off at Oldham Collesium

Writer: Mark Herman Adaptor: Paul Allen Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Iain Sykes The appearance of Brassed Off on the schedules of Oldham Coliseum is a regular occurrence. Three productions of the play, adapted by Paul Allen from Mark Herman’s screenplay for the 1996 film of the same name, have graced the boards here in the last eleven years, and the ...

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Brassed Off – The Carriageworks, Leeds

National Coal Mining Museum

Writer: Paul Allen, based on the screenplay by Mark Herman Director: Neil Knipe Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Set in Grimley in the mid-90’s, 10 years after the miners’ strike of 1984, Brassed Off is based on real events in the West Yorkshire village of Grimethorpe, named by the European Union in 1994 as the country’s poorest village. With the mines set ...

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Brassed Off – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Paul Allen, adapted from the screenplay by Mark Herman Musical Director: Nicholas Eastwood Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Dominic Corr Politics and the arts have an unstable marriage where art usually reflects, parodies or comments upon the other. Striking similarities with productions ThePitmen Painters and Billy Elliot, Brassed Off completes a trifecta of miners being soothed from a political harpooning ...

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Brassed Off – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Paul Allen, based on the screenplay by Mark Herman Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s 1996 – twelve years since the miners’ strike of 1984 – and Grimley Colliery is again under threat. Despite the pit being demonstrably profitable and viable, the miners have been made, on the face of it, a very generous offer if they accept ...

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WHAT’S HOT – Week beginning Monday 7th April

A tantalising mix of musicals, plays and illusions await you in this week’s theatrical picks. Hard hitting new writing sits alongside classic opera and cult musical favourites. Whatever your tastes we are sure there is something here that will enthralll and delight. Are you seeing any of our picks or seeing something different? Do let us know your thoughts in ...

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Brassed Off – The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Paul Allen, adapted from the screenplay by Mark Herman Musical Director: Nicholas Eastwood Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Sue Collier Walking into the beautiful Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, the foyer was filled with the floating glory of live brass band music, resulting in audience members looking happy and relaxed. Feet were tapping and there was clear anticipation of a splendid ...

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