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Acclaimed play New Dawn Fades – A Play About Joy Division and Manchester, which chronicles the rise and fall of the influential post-punk band and the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis, is set to tour England in March/April 2016.
New Dawn Fades – A Play About Joy Division and Manchester, which premiered at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July 2013, stars Michael Whittaker as Ian Curtis, Natalie Perry as Debbie Curtis and Lee Joseph as Tony Wilson. It is a classic tale of four ordinary lads from Manchester, Salford and Macclesfield who, inspired by the punk revolution of the 1970s, came together to form one of the most influential bands of all time, Joy Division.
This unique production places the band within the context of Manchester's history, taking inspiration from Curtis' enigmatic lyrics and featuring Tony Wilson – band manager, journalist and legend – as he interviews an array of the city's real-life historical characters such as Roman General Julius Agricola, Dr John Dee (Elizabeth the First's notorious adviser/astronomer), Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, William Burroughs, and the Buzzcocks. Wilson guides the audience through 2000 years of history and his involvement with Joy Division in his inimitable way, with tears, laughter and memories of how things were, how things are and how things might be again.