At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them…
The Union Theatre is commemorating the Armistice Centenary with the professional London premiere of Benjamin Till‘s award-winning musical, Brass.
Set during the First World War, Brass tells the story of a group of men from an amateur Leeds-based brass band who enlist to fight as part of the Leeds Pals regiment.
They leave behind their wives and sweethearts who are left to pick up the pieces in the munitions factory.
The women learn to play the instruments their brave men have left in the hope that one day they can play triumphantly to them on their return from war.
Based on true stories, this heartfelt tale set between Leeds and the front line, is one of love, survival, loss, music and the futility of war.
Directed by the Union Theatre’s artistic director, Sasha Regan, Brass stars Lucy Aiston, Joe Douglass, Tamsin Dowsett, Hannah Francis-Baker, Adam George-Smith, Emma Harrold, Alistair Hoyle, Maison Kelley, Sam Kipling, Rosa Lennox, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Michael Martin, Matthew Peter-Carter, Jack Reitman, Samantha Richards and Lawrence Smith.
Brass is written by multi-award-winning composer and film-maker, Benjamin Till. Benjamin was commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre to write a musical to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The original production staged at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall won Best Musical in the 2014 UK Theatre Awards.
Brass runs at the Union Theatre from October 31 to November 24.