Brian Gorman as Tony Wilson


Highly acclaimed show chronicling the late ‘70s music scene, and the story of Joy Division, tours again this October.

Following its debut at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in 2013, ‘New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester’, is celebrating its 10thanniversary with a new tour this October. It 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.

To celebrate a decade of the stage show, the company will be performing at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, plus The Leadmill (Sheffield), and The Met (Bury).

After ten years, this brand new revamped and re-energised show will be produced by Nigel Carr and Tony Davidson and directed by Mark Jones, Artistic Director at Chorley Theatre. Nigel is partner in celebrated online magazine and radio station, Louder Than War. Tony operated the TJM record label and rehearsal studios (on Little Peter Street) in the 1970s. The label released records by The Distractions and Slaughter & The Dogs, amongst others. The rehearsal rooms played host to a plethora of upcoming bands including Buzzcocks, V2, Mick Hucknall, and Joy Division. T J Davidson’s is also the place where the iconic ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ video was filmed.

Brian Gorman is the writer. For the first time, Brian will be joining the all-new cast, and portraying the legendary Tony Wilson (Factory Records/Granada Reports). His show One Man Bond: Every Bond Film In 60 Minutes won him ‘Best Performer’ for the 2018 Salford Star Awards, and he was invited to perform at the world-famous Pinewood Studios to an audience of Bond stars, including the writer of the James Bond Theme, Monty Norman.



Tues 10th October – The Leadmill, Sheffield

Wed/Thurs 11th/12th October – The Met, Bury

Fri/Sat 13th/14th October – RNCM Theatre, Manchester

Bury and Manchester shows feature a Joy Division Equipment and Ephemera Exhibition with pieces from collections owned by Chris Hewitt at CH Vintage Audio and Nigel Carr.

 “I was crying. It was very emotional at the end. It captured everything perfectly. I loved it; it had everything – the music and the emotion… there was such a buzz in the building.” Rowetta, Happy Mondays

New Dawn Fades - Official Poster