Brassed Off in Durham

Published: 15 August 2022
Reporter: David Upton

Paul Allen

A story of love, tragedy and brass takes centre stage at Gala Durham.

Based on the screenplay from the 1996 film, Brassed Off will run at the city-centre venue September 6–24.

The play, adapted by writer Paul Allen, is set in County Durham in 1992 and focuses on the story of Danny’s lifelong ambition to lead his local colliery band to the National Brass Band Competition at the Royal Albert Hall.

Brassed Off will feature local brass bands Easington Colliery Band and RMT Fishburn Brass Band.

The cast brings together North East performers alongside actor musicians from around the country.

Micky McGregor, who has recently been working in film and television with directors such as Ken Loach and Babak Anvari and has had roles in Vera and The Hunt for Raul Moat, will play the role of Phil.

Sandra will be played by Sarah Boulter who appeared in the recent regional tour of The Secret Garden.

Playing Danny is Nicholas Lumley whose theatre credits include The Pitmen Painters at the National Theatre and a UK tour of Close The Coalhouse Door. Paul Joseph, who appeared in Jersualem in the West End, will play Jim.

Rita will be played by Jacqueline Philips who grew up in Peterlee, County Durham. She has been an actor for more than 30 years and recently appeared in A Way Home. Having previously appeared in Gala Durham’s production of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, Zoe Lambert plays Vera and Howard Chadwick, whose credits include Gentleman Jack and the film Peterloo for Mike Leigh, will play Harry.

Playing Andy is Daniel Watson, who recently appeared in The Invisible Man at Northern Stage and on tour. Making her professional debut is Maddie Hansen who plays Gloria.

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  • Brassed Off - Adapted by Paul Allen, based on the screenplay by Mark Herman (Gala Durham)