A UNIQUE collaboration comes to the Worksop stage this autumn as Whitwell Players team up with Whitwell Brass Band to perform Brassed Off.
The touching and savage account about the closure of yet another South Yorkshire pit in the 1980s is sure to be a hit at the Acorn Theatre, Queen Street, Worksop, from 6th - 8th October.
And the Guardian has teamed up with the Players to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a ticket.
A gritty play, set against the very real backdrop of the collapse of the mining industry, Brassed Off contains strong language and is not recommended for young children.
Grimley colliery is set to close as the accountants say there is more money in shutting it than keeping it open - even after redundancy payments.
This brings 1,200 job losses, a dying town and the loss of a brilliant brass band.
But under the leadership of Danny (played by Paul Woods), coughing with coal dusted lungs, the band are somehow transformed into British champions, with local lass Gloria (played by Lauren Greehalgh) whipping up the money to get them to the Albert Hall.
Adapted for the stage by Paul Allen from Mark Herman’s film of the same name, Brassed off will entertain theatre and brass band lovers alike.
The story was originally a film released in 1996 starring Pete Postlethwaite and Ewan McGregor.
It received three BAFTA nominations, and has become a firm favourite among film fans the world over.
Director of the Whitwell Players performance Jo Thorpe said: “The cast are really enjoying rehearsals, and expecially working with Whitwell Brass Band.”
“Being from a mining area, many of the cast and band members can relate to the familiar story and the characters in it.”
“This promises to be a fantastic show, with lots of humour, warmth and a message.”
Directed by Jo Thorpe, the production is being staged at the Acorn Theatre, Queen Street, Worksop from Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th October at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2pm.
The production contains some strong language.
All tickets are priced at £6 and are available from the Acorn box office on 01909 501817.
• To be in with a chance of winning a ticket for the Friday night show on 7th October at 7.30pm simply answer the following question:
Q) What is the name of the doomed colliery in Brassed Off?
Send your answer to the Worksop Guardian, 21-27 Ryton Street, Worksop, Notts, S80 2AY.
Alternatively email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not forget to include a day time telephone number because winners will be contacted by phone.
The closing date for entries is Thursday 6th October.
Normal Guardian competition rules apply.