THE subject matter of the Palace Theatre’s latest production Brassed Off is likely to resonate with audiences in Mansfield and Ashfield.
Presented by the Mansfield Palace Community Theatre, the play is set in 1994 when the colliery at the fictional town in the mining community of Grimley is about to close.
The closure of the mine will signal the loss of 1,200 jobs and the ties that hold the community together are threatened - along with the colliery band.
But proud veteran conductor of the brass band and ex-miner Danny persuades the band members to ambitious heights and he is determined to win the British Championship at the Royal Albert Hall.
The play’s director Chris Neal says: “What it is really saying is that just because a community may be devastated in one way when its life blood is taken away, there are still people who have a future and who have to keep their future alive. It is difficult and this is not a romantic story - but the generations will continue.”
The play will also feature the award-winning Newstead Brass which will evoke the music of colliery bands.
Brassed Off opens on 9th June and runs until 11th and there will be a free pre-show talk at 6.15pm on 10th June for which booking is essential.
The production is not suitable for under-12s because of some strong language and mild sexual references.
For details or to book tickets call Mansfield 633133 or visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre.
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