Love, loss and flugelhorns

Cast of Brassed Off in rehearsal
Cast of Brassed Off in rehearsal

Actors from Whitby Amateur Dramatic Society have already started rehearsals for their next production at Easter, Braassed Off.

This is a funny and life-affirming tale of Northern community spirit and triumph in the face of adversity.

Based on a true story, it is set among the Yorkshire mining villages after the long miners’ strike and the pit closures of the 1980s.

It is a poignant and politically condemning piece about life for the mining village of Grimley and also a very funny and heart-warming story of love, loss faith and fluegelhorns

The staging of this production comes in the 21st anniversary year of the film starring Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan MacGregor and Tara Fitzgerald, and also just over a year after the last deep mine, Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, closed in December of 2015.

The play is a tribute to the dying days of a great British industry which when it was nationalised in 1947 produced 187 million tonnes of coal from 958 mines which employed 718,000 workers. Coal mining was a way of life, along with their brass band for each mining community.

Brassed Off is on at the Whitby Pavilion on Saturday April 15, Sunday April 16, Monday April 17 and Tuesday April 18at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Whitby Pavilion on 01947 458899.