October 9, 2024
The Bowdon Rooms + Joy Division Exhibition
Time: 20:00
Venue: The Bowdon Rooms - + Joy Division Exhibition
Address: The Firs
Zipcode: WA14 2TQ
State: Cheshire
Country: UK
Phone: 0161 926 8992


The Bowdon RoomsNew Dawn Fades – A Play About Joy Division & Manchester is celebrating 11 great years with a re-energised and vibrant new production touring the UK this October, including iconic Bowdon Rooms in Bowdon, Altrincham!

Joy Division played once in Altrincham at Check Inn on George Street in November 1978 and twice at Bowdon Social Club, just down the hill from this here on Vicarage Lane in March and May 1979!

New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division and 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. Following the untimely death of lead singer Ian Curtis, the band went on to huge world-wide success as New Order.

The show which is produced by Nigel Carr and Tony Davidson is written & directed by the award-winning Brian Gorman, who reprises his role as the legendary Factory Records’ boss Tony Wilson. He 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, Paul Morley, and Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks! The result is a spellbinding journey of love, passion, grief, and of course music, drawing inspiration from the enigmatic lyrics of Ian Curtis, with a soundtrack featuring iconic hits of the late 1970’s UK music scene including of course Joy Division.

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.

“New Dawn Fades is 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

“I was crying. It was very emotional. It captured everything perfectly. I loved it! It had everything – the music and the emotion” Rowetta (Happy Mondays)

“An evocative piece that beautifully captures the heart and soul of Manchester in the 1970s. This is the way, step inside…” Kevin Cummins