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New Dawn Fades

A Play about Joy Division & Manchester

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The brand-new stage production of New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester is embarking on a tour this Autumn and celebrates its 10th anniversary.

New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester UK Tour 2022 will open on Thursday 1 September at the Sheffield Leadmill and then go on to tour further venues, including The Met, Bury and RNCM theatre, Manchester.

The new touring production is written by Brian Gorman, produced & directed by Giles D Bastow and Sean Mason for All Roads Meet.

New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester is the story of four ordinary lads who, inspired by the punk revolution of 1970s Manchester, came together to form one of the most influential bands of all time, Joy Division. This unique production places the band within the context of Manchester’s history as a city with a vibrant reputation, setting the scene for a completely new and fascinating look at the Joy Division story.

‘Mr Manchester’ Tony Wilson guides the audience through the heart and soul of both the band and the city, introducing an array of historical figures, including Roman General Julius Agricola, Dr John Dee, Frederich Engels, Pete Shelley, and Buzzcocks!

The result is a spellbinding journey of love, passion, progress, grief, and of course music, drawing inspiration from the enigmatic lyrics of Ian Curtis, with a soundtrack featuring live performances of his most beloved tracks.

A smash hit when it debuted at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July 2013, New Dawn Fades has toured regularly across the country, playing to capacity audiences and standing ovations.

Recommended for ages 16+
Includes sensitive subject matter including reference to suicide, violence, trauma and bereavement. Profanity throughout.


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