Beyond Wigan Pier

Project by Alan Gregory

For tickets, just press "Support Us" below and choose your REWARD. "Philanthropy Pass" or "VIP" will help someone else to see it too!

We did it!

On 9th Mar 2018 we successfully raised £30,510 of £25,000 target with 148 supporters in 56 days

New stretch target

Thanks to every last, generous one of you, for helping this happen!! We LOVE YOU and we don't care who knows it!!... The cast is in place, the venue is ready, the orchestra and choir are raring to go ...

Our stretch target means that we can keep going for the remaining days of our crowdfunder - every extra £1 will help us towards our aim of having a full original cast recording of the premiere.

Thank you!!!  

Help Us Take On The West End and change people's perception of Wigan Forever by buying your ticket to Beyond Wigan Pier.....

Attend the World's First Community Musical - featuring George Orwell's son Richard Blair and stars from our community right here in Wigan. Donating to our CrowdFund means you will be purchasing a ticket for Beyond Wigan Pier - and with tickets priced from as little as £15, there's no reason not to!

Just press one of the links  below and choose your package:

  • £15: standard ticket
  • £45: standard ticket + signed copy of the live video from the night, and an official Beyond Wigan Pier T Shirt featuring our amazing branding of Mr Orwell himself!
  •  £75: VIP ticket: standard ticket + pre=performance buffet from Wiganers Fur Clemt, a meet and greet with George Orwell's son Richard Blair. One VIP ticket also means we will donate a ticket on your behalf to a person in the local community who otherwise could not afford to attend.
  • £100: can't make it, but want to show your support to Wigan? The Philanthropy Pass means you 4 x standard tickets will be donated on your behalf to a person the local community who otherwise could not afford to attend.

By supporting our appeal, you will get to see the exclusive concert version of the musical which will debut on 27th April 2018 at The Edge - a brand new 1000 seat venue, a stone’s throw away from Wigan Pier. With your donations we will be able to stage the full production of the musical in 2020.

Help us to attract attention and investment to our wonderful town in a completely new and unique way: ultimately the Beyond Wigan Pier team aim to help create opportunities for the young people of the town and build the community spirit and pride in Wigan that makes our borough great.

With the support of Ian McKellen and Eric Blair's (Orwell's real name) adopted son Richard; who has even agreed to perform as narrator, we hope you can join us to show we’ve come a long way since Wigan Pier.

Who’s in it?

Our concert debut on 27th April 2018 will be performed by Wigan Jazz Youth Orchestra and a number of well-known Wigan performers, including Olivia Garcia, Scott Chapman, Chonkinfeckle and Janette Monroe.

The success of this concert performance will help us to fund a fully staged 2 Act version of the production in 2020, which in turn will spawn a biennial festival of original music, and entertainment, which may one day rival even Edinburgh! Who knows?


We need to show the Arts Council that we can raise 10% of the £250,000 funding required for this much much bigger project... and that's where the £25,000 we need to raise from your donations, comes in.

By supporting us, you will be contributing to that 10% and proving to those who make the decision, that Wiganers are 100% behind this, and thus worthy of the investment.

Here's what Sir Ian McKellen, said about the dance part of our project:-

Congratulations on your initiative .I wish it had been possible when I was growing up in Wigan long ago to have had the possibility of discovering the joys and discipline of dancing. Ballet dancing is at least as athletic an activity as playing football or rugby. Wigan deserves no less!

Do please quote me if it would help.

All best wishes,

Ian McKellen

Here's what the Church of England thinks:-

"My view is that this is a brilliant project..........., on a personal level I love the project & would very much like to be kept in the loop. 



Rev Canon Dr Ellen Loudon
Director of Social Justice & Canon Chancellor
Diocese of Liverpool"


And The Orwell Society, on the April premiere?

Quentin Kopp · 2 January 2018

Have no doubts, this will be a splendid evening. The Orwell Society with their Patron Richard Blair, Orwell's Son, will be there for the 1st full production.

How will it aid the community?

Because EVERYTHING in it will be made by Wiganers; by YOU ! The sets, the scenery the costumes , the buffet...THE LOT..using existing skill sets of expert practitioners, to teach them to anyone, young or old, of whatever ability, in whatever community, who wants to learn to do it too...

The full 2 act musical will not just concentrate on the depressed town of the 1930's but show what has happened to Wigan since and what it could be like in the future.

Act 2 will highlight, through the medium of music and dance, the other things Wigan is proud of, The Empress Ballroom, its rugby heritage, its talented youth, and the talents of those who, were there and part of the scene the first time round.

Furthermore, as part of the future funding bid to the Arts Council, we hope to take this production on tour, both locally and Nationwide, to promote not only the town, but the benefits to all, of investing in wide scale community projects and the positive effects which that can have on bringing neighbourhoods back together.

So come on Support us and join us on the journey of a life-time, and lets show the world that the town; our town and us, its folks are very much............

"Beyond Wigan Pier!!"


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