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New Dawn Fades – A Play About Joy Division and Manchester (EXTRA DATE)

September 17 | 19:00


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Celebrating 40 years since the release of Joy Division’s groundbreaking debut LP, ‘Unknown Pleasures’, this 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.

“I was crying. It was very emotional at the end. It captured everything perfectly.” Rowetta, Happy Mondays

‘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. Written by Brian Gorman, the play now has a graphic novel adaptation, which was published last November by Invisible Six Books, and contains a unique selection of photographs from the stage production, by Shay Rowan. A revamped, 2019 version of the book, a perfect companion piece to the stage show, will be available at all performances.

Written, and executive produced by Brian Gorman, creator of Everyman: The Story Of Patrick McGoohan – The Prisoner, co-writer of the 2013 stage version of Blade Runner, and currently performing in his new show ‘One Man Bond: Every Bond Film In 60 Minutes’, for which he won the 2018 Salford Star Award for ‘Best Performer’.

“…a spellbinding and brilliant play about one of the greatest bands of all time. I totally urge anyone left out there who believes in music to go and see it.” John Robb, Louder Than War

New Dawn Fades is more than a play about Joy Division; it’s about Manchester, friendship, love and heartbreak… it’s clear this is a piece full of energy.” The Good Review

It’s all very entertaining and works unexpectedly well, especially at capturing the spirit of the times…” Manchester Evening News

This is a very ambitious play and (the director) works wonders to achieve many complex scenes with style.” The Public Reviews

Let’s just say, this is an experience you won’t easily forget.” Mudkiss Magazine


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The Leadmill offers a free companion ticket for disabled customers which must be booked in advance. To apply please email [email protected] with proof of disability once a general admission ticket has been purchased.Examples of accepted proof: Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / Attendance Allowance (AA), Personal Independence Payments (PIPs), Blue Badges & The Access Card. We will review an application without the recommended evidence on a case-by-case basis.