Powerful tale hits the stage

Brassed Off continues its run at Derby Theatre this week.

Starring Quadrophenia actor Garry Cooper as the brass band conductor Danny Ormondroyd, it runs at the popular city centre venue until Saturday, October 10.

Based on Mark Herman’s popular 1996 movie, it also features nightl y appearances by Belper-based brass band Derwent Brass.

It’s 1992 and the miners are striking as the local colliery faces closure.

Danny’s dreams of leading the pit’s brass band to victory at a national competition at the Albert Hall seem remote as the men choose between picket lines and redundancy packages.

But when flugelhorn-playing Gloria returns to her home town the band get their oompah back and romance is rekindled with her childhood sweetheart Andy.

However, when the real reason for Gloria’s return is revealed and the pressures of the strike get too much for the band members, things start to fall out of tune...

Brassed Off is a much-loved tale, full of heart and humour and is made in Derby by the team who brought you Kes, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Solace of the Road.

Balancing grit and wit with a poignant look at recent history, the performance also features live music.

Tickets are £9.50 - £25.50. Group and school rates are available, 16-25 year olds £5 on Friday evenings.

For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 593939 or online at www.derbytheatre.co.uk