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Newstead begins ‘Brassed Off’ performance this weekend

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Newstead brass are set to ‘Raise the Curtain’ on a dramatic 2013 with a concert featuring the music from the film and stage show ‘Brassed Off’ at The Newstead Centre on Sunday (13th January).

The show will mark the start of a year in which the Newstead based band will perform in two local stage adaptations of ‘Brassed Off’.

Admission to the ‘Brassed Off’ concert, which starts at 8pm) costs £3. Tickets can be reserved via the band website, www.newsteadband.org.uk, or by calling 0115 952 7435.

The first takes place at Arnold’s Bonington theatre from 23rd to 26th January marks the 50th anniversary of the Bonington Players. Later in the year Newstead will reprise the acclaimed 2011 production at the Mansfield Palace Theatre with their Community Theatre group.

Tickets for the Bonington players production of ‘Brassed Off’ are £7.50 via the box office on 0115 9560733.

Released in 1996, the film ‘Brassed Off’ tells the story of a community threatened by the closure of their colliery and the impacts on the village and their brass band, as well as the romantic encounters of the band’s horn player Andy and his returning childhood sweetheart Gloria.

It’s a story close to the heart of Newstead brass players. Not only did Newstead suffer the lose of its band room in the national colliery closure programme in the 1980s, but their musical director Duncan Beckley was instrumental in adapting the film when it transferred to the stage in 1998.

 

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