Monday, 12 May 2008

Once Upon a Time in Wigan - casting news

The Octagon Theatre’s award-winning and critically acclaimed 40th Anniversary Season culminates with the World Premiere of the specially re-commissioned Once Upon a Time in Wigan – Live! Featuring a live band of seven finest soul musicians, Mick Martin’s high octane script is bought vividly to life in this unmissable tribute to the very heart of Soul – Wigan Casino 1973 – 1981. You can read more about the production here

“Come on then!! Smile!! Don’t sit down!! What’s the song say? Dance, Dance, Dance!”

Mick Martin comments:

“I'm very excited about this fresh approach to Once Upon a Time in Wigan. It's been an exhilarating process to envisage the play with a live soul band on stage, while remaining a truthful and heartfelt celebration of the late great Wigan Casino. It’s every bit as drenched in Northern Soul, and I feel quite honoured to have been able to do this play and really look forward to seeing the re-commissioned show build on its past achievements.”

The cast includes Rupert Hill, Coronation Street’s much-loved Jamie Baldwin, Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi, fresh from Meet the Mukherjees at the Octagon and who also appeared in Rafta, Rafta in the recent National Theatre tour, Richard Oldham last appeared at the Octagon in Early One Morning and The Daughter-in-law, and Laura Bonnah appears at the Octagon for the first time.

Musicians for the production include Adam Keast and Francis Tucker, both of whom have appeared in Eight Miles High at the Octagon, Rebekha Hughes who last appeared in Lisa’s Sex Strike at the Octagon. Paul Mannion, Paul Kissaun, and Shirley Darroch complete the line-up.


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