Brass was written by Benjamin Till, with additional lyrics by Nathan Taylor & Sir Arnold Wesker. It was originally written for the National Youth Music Theatre in 2014. It’s about a group of young men who play together in a Brass band, and join up together as a pals regiment at the outbreak of World War 1. As they head off to France to fight, their girlfriends, sisters and wives sign up to work at the Barnbow Munitions Factory, and decide to restart the band in the boys’ honour. The show then follows the boys in France as they prepare for the battle of the Somme, and the girls back home in Leeds.
Stagedoor put the show together in a quick and intense rehearsal period, after the performance dates were changed from July to May. All 36 of the Stagedoor students were involved, and worked alongside professionals at the Everyman Theatre, who supported with lighting, sound, costumes and stage management, as well as professional musicians.
Emily, Stagedoor 2nd Year Student commented:
“I have never felt a bigger sense of joy and achievement than I did being up on that stage! After everything that’s happened over the last year and the impact it’s had on the arts, it was magical finally being able to perform again with a cast of people who all wanted the same thing. There is no feeling like it.”