Blackpool News / Culture / Theatres & Shows / What's On A Northern Soul Play is Coming to Blackpool! 4 September 2018 by Visit Blackpool It’s 1976, and 18-year-old Eugene Drennan's life is going nowhere. He’s a butcher boy on Bolton meat market, but Eugene is about to make a momentous, life changing discovery . . . Northern Soul! Originally premiered at Manchester Contact Theatre in 2003, Once Upon A Time In Wigan has enjoyed sellout runs at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Blackpool Grand, Bolton Octagon, Hull Truck Theatre, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, The Lowry and many more venues throughout the length and breadth of the UK and abroad. It received rave reviews, garnering for stars in The Guardian and Observer. Now, in a brand new touring production specially created for northern soul events in non standard theatre spaces – this all new version of the smash hit play features a cast of exciting young professionals - including Blackpool born and bred Jordan Fleming, a recent ALRA graduate, in the lead role! After Blackpool, the show is touring to a string other northern soul events and weekenders. Not just the amazing rhythm and driving beats of the music, but also the incredible, intoxicating atmosphere of the legendary Wigan Casino - the 'Mecca' of Northern Soul! “Not only is Once Upon a Time in Wigan a stunning, revolting tribute to the power and intensity of Northern Soul, but it is also a study in humanity, passion, and the difference between living and being alive” - Edinburgh Student Newspaper The script is beautifully written…. at moments was so lyrical, you felt that you could close your eyes and listen only to the words; but make sure you don’t do that as you’ll miss a wonderfully heart-warming portrayal of the Northern Soul movement and its dedicated ‘soulies.’ - Young Perspectives.Net. Dates & Times: Saturday, September 15th (19:30) and Sunday, September 16th (16:00) at The Layton Club on Westcliffe Drive. Soul night & DJs to follow both performances! Sunday afternoon all dayer from 15:00 - 21:00 with the play starting at 16:00. Tickets are £10.00 via Eventbrite or £12.00 on the door.