The Coliseum’s Learning and Engagement Department are a highly experienced team leading sessions with people of all ages from Oldham and the surrounding areas on theatre making and the use of drama as a tool for learning. They work with community groups, schools, young people interested in drama, people of all ages interested in writing and directing theatre and many, many others.
One of their on-going projects, the Education Partnership Scheme, sees them working with schools across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside – both in the classroom and here at the Coliseum – to explore technical theatre, acting, directing, set design and musical theatre and take part in an inter-school performance on the Coliseum’s main stage. Schools also receive theatre tickets and post and pre-show workshops to each of the Coliseum’s productions.
We asked two students from schools who have already taken part in the scheme what they thought of the experience:
“Taking part in the Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Education Partnership Scheme has taught me that you can have many different roles whilst there is a play on; you don’t have to be performing to take part. You can be backstage sorting out the lighting and music or you could be helping the actors with the costumes…. I have had a lot of fun and I know that there are still amazing opportunities yet to come” – Riyadur Rahman, Oldham Academy North.
“I have learnt the basic theatre etiquette skills that are required to put on a professional standard show. (The scheme) allows a wider variety of projects within schools that encourages people to be part of the Coliseum, that wouldn’t have necessarily approached it by themselves.” – Becci Northover, Wardle Academy, Rochdale.
The Education Partnership Scheme is supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.