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Northern Soul by Jim Cartwright - A Play - Wigan 21st Oct 2023

My name is Jim Cartwright, I am a playwright. We are honoured to be closing the 'Fiftieth Anniversary of Wigan Casino' celebrations in Wigan on this Saturday night with my brand new play NORTHERN SOUL.

We have a fantastic high profile cast. Tickets are FREE.

Please see attached press release for more details.

All best wishes,



Northern Soul by Jim Cartwright

When: 21 October, 8pm

Where: Trencherfield Mill (Machine Hall)

A one-off performance of a new play written by Jim Cartwright and Directed by Nick Bagnall, which pays tribute to the legendary music and dance venue; Wigan Casino, performed with support from students of Rose Bruford College.



A life affirming new play which captures what it was like to be at the epicentre of the Northern Soul movement when it exploded and the passion and exhilaration of the scene as it is now, is coming to Wigan, the very Mecca of Northern Soul.

NORTHERN SOUL will be performed by a remarkable cast (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies, Everybody's talking about Jamie) (The Full Monty,Wire in the Blood,Coronation Street)

The play is written by award winning internationally renowned playwright Jim Cartwright (Road, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice etc..) and directed by Nick Bagnall, whose previous works have been performed at The National Theatre, Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Liverpool Everyman.

Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities at Wigan Council, said: ‘Northern Soul means so much to the people of Wigan. 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.'

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

Director, Nick Bagnall, added: ‘The play highlights painful and uplifting stories of quiet revolution alongside a joyous abundance of music and dance.' 

The performance will take place at Trencherfield Mill on Saturday, October 21 from 8pm. To book tickets, please email wiganmuseum@wigan.gov.uk

Contact us visitwigan.com 01942 828128



NORTHERN SOUL PRESS RELEASE with you tube links Oct 2023.pdf

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Wigan Casino the " mecca" of Northern soul allways makes me smile. As for the play my natural cynicism has  kicked in so I'll shut up 🤔

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