One Big Blow

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Date(s) - 15/07/2022
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Swallow Theatre


One Big Blow, The Swallow Theatre, Whithorn.  Friday 15th July 2022 at 7.30pm and Saturday 16th July 2022 at 7.30pm.

This influential play about the mining industry and brass bands was written 15 years before ‘Brassed Off!’ and tells of a colliery brass band going to the Mineworkers’ Championship in Blackpool.  The band, all miners, discover that Wally, their star cornet player, can no longer play because he has pneumoconiosis. After trying to persuade him to get out of his sick bed to no avail, they are forced to employ the services of the mad Welshman, Psycho.  Written in 1981 by playwright John Burrows, with original music by Rick Lloyd, it was first produced by John McGrath’s Scottish political theatre group 7:84, with Lloyd and some of the cast later going on to form The Flying Pickets.  Tickets £13.50.  Booking and more information at