A life-affirming new play that captures the passion and exhilaration of being at the centre of the Northern Soul movement is coming to Wigan Borough.

Performed by a star-studded cast, Northern Soul promises a burst of nostalgia and emotions, exploring how the scene has evolved from its heyday to the present day.

The play is part of a series of events delivered by Wigan Council to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Wigan Casino, including panel discussions, exhibitions and theatre productions.

Written by award-winning and internationally renowned playwright Jim Cartwright, directed by Nick Bagnall and starring Shobna Gulati and Michelle Holmes, the performance is coming to Trencherfield Mill for one-night only later this month.

Student performers from Wigan’s campus of the Rose Bruford College will also have starring roles.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities, said: “Northern Soul means so much to the people of Wigan Borough.

“Through this fantastic and high-profile cast list, alongside the commitment and work from Rose Bruford College who have played such an integral part in developing the play, it’s amazing to see the Northern Soul baton being handed on to the next generation of fans.”

Director, Nick Bagnall, whose previous works have been performed at the National Theatre, Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Liverpool’s Everyman, added: “The play highlights painful and uplifting stories of quiet revolution alongside a joyous abundance of music and dance.”

Professor Randall Whittaker, principal and chief executive officer at Rose Bruford College, added: “The college is pleased to have worked with Nick Bagnall, Jim Cartwright and Wigan Council on this production – the play is a real celebration of the iconic Northern Soul movement.

“I am thrilled that our talented students from Rose Bruford College in Wigan are part of the incredible cast bringing it to life.”

The ensemble cast includes Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies, Everybody’s talking about Jamie), Michelle Holmes (Rita Sue and Bob too, Goodnight Sweetheart, Cold Feet), Steve Huison (The Full Monty, Wire in the Blood, Coronation Street) and Kacey Ainsworth (Eastenders, Grantchester).

The performance will take place at Trencherfield Mill on Saturday, October 21 from 8pm.

To book tickets, please email wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk or call 01942 828128.


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