Brass

Brass

Book, Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Till
Additional Lyrics by Nathan Taylor and Sir Arnold Wesker
Commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre

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Brass

Brass

Book, Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Till
Additional Lyrics by Nathan Taylor and Sir Arnold Wesker
Commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre

Overview

Commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Brass follows a group of Leeds residents from the start of the war until the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The men, members of an amateur brass band, join up to the Leeds Pals regiment and their womenfolk decide to learn the instruments that the men have left behind to keep the spirit of the brass band alive and to play for them when they triumphantly return to the city after the war. We watch the women trying to learn the brass instruments whilst the men simply try to stay alive. It is an epic musical about love and survival.

The original cast recording is available to buy here.

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Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

Details

  • Genre: Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Cast Attributes: Ensemble cast, Roles for Teens, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences

Authors

Benjamin Till

Multi-award-winning composer and filmmaker Benjamin Till was born and raised in the Midlands. He studied music at the University of York before training as a theatre director at Mountview School.

Benjamin has worked professionally in theatre and TV for over 20 years. He has ma ...

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Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker, considered one of the key figures in 20th Century drama, is the author of 44 plays, 4 volumes of short stories, 2 volumes of essays, an autobiography, a book on journalism, a children's book, extensive journalism, poetry and other assorted writings. He was born ...

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Nathan Taylor

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