Brassed Off: People's Theatre Company, July 2016
Posted on Jul 12, 2016 by Mike Allcock
Newstead brass receive standing ovations as they become Grimley Colliery Band for the People’s Theatre Company’s production of ‘Brassed Off'.
Newstead brass once again showed their adaptability and versatility as they stepped up to the role of Grimley Colliery Band for the People’s Theatre Company’s production of ‘Brassed Off’ at the Nottingham Arts Theatre from July 6th to 9th 2016.
This was the fifth time the band have been involved in the stage show, but in a change from most of the previous shows, this time Gloria could actually play the flugelhorn! Often the actress playing Gloria mimes for the famous ‘Orange Juice’ scene, but in this show the role was played by Amy Mondschein, daughter of well-known conductor Stan Lippeat, who played for the Grimethorpe Colliery band.
With actors and actress blending in with the band, and band members playing roles of miners and their families, the production drew critical acclaim for the cast, band and producer Chris Mercer whose mother, Susan, is a member of Newstead Brass.
Kevin Castle (Nottingham Hospitals Radio) wrote “Making a gorgeous and highly emotive sound on stage are the Newstead Brass Band” whilst the ‘theatre monkey’s’ reviewer added “The sheer class of melodic perfection was astounding and sent chills down my spine; especially when the music swelled. Their crescendos, musical tonality, perfect timings and effortless diminuendos is a pure testament to the talents within the band.”
You can read the full reviews at http://kevcastletheatrereviews.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/brassed-off-by-peoples-theatre-company.html and http://thetheatremonkeys.co.uk/2016/07/the-peoples-theatre-company-review-brassed-off-bands-all-together-in-a-tale-of-despair-and-loyalty/
Putting on a show of this standard with 5 performances in 4 days plus rehearsals obviously requires dedication and time commitments and the band would like to thank their friends from across the midlands and Yorkshire for their help, some of it at extremely short notice due to players being indisposed. We also thank the audiences for their enthusiasm and their generous donations to band funds through collections after each performance.
A band spokesman commented, “We’re glad this show was so well received, with a sell-out audience for the final show and large audiences for the rest of the ‘run’. There were standing ovations at the end of each performance. I hope this will be the start of a brass band journey for those of the audience who haven’t heard us before and that we continue to see them in our concert audiences in the coming months and years.”