Friday 22 June - Saturday 7 July
An Oldham Coliseum Theatre production
Bread & Roses
An exciting uplifting new play stuffed full of songs and laughs, heart and soul; telling the gripping real life story of the huge mill-workers strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA in 1912.
20,000 workers originating from all corners of the globe, led mainly by the female workforce who fought not just for the bread for their daily existence, but also for the roses in order to live a full life - a fight that resonates and continues to this day.
Written by Ian Kershaw (award winning television and theatre writer, whose plays include Star-Cross’d for the Coliseum), Bread & Roses features a mix of real and imagined characters. The story of Lucy-Rose Atkins as she navigates the strike, facing love, loss, lies and deceit, using her quick wit, impassioned heart and fierce intelligence to undertake a journey from unskilled worker to impassioned leader.
The strike was also famously known as ‘The Singing Strike’ and Bread & Roses uses songs from the time of the strike – mainly from the influential songwriter Joe Hill (who inspired countless other rebel voices from Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez to Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg). These are the songs that rouse rabbles, shake houses and lift roofs as Lucy-Rose Atkins leads her workers in their fight of their lives - a fight, not just for bread, but for roses too!
Running time 2hrs 23min (including interval)
Did you know?
That the phrase ‘Pie in the Sky’ (a promise of a good life in heaven for enduring suffering in life) was coined by Joe Hill?
Save Money with a Coliseum Season Ticket
This production is part of the Coliseum's season ticket offer - Four plays for just £68 or less. Contact the Box Office for more information on 0161 624 2829.
Full price: £16 - £23
Concessions: £16 – £21
Get In! Under 26/NUS: £7 (limited tickets available)
Concessionary rates are available to retired patrons over 65, full-time students, and registered unemployed people. Proof of ID is required when buying or picking up tickets. Only one discount per ticket.
If you have specific access requirements please contact the Box Office directly on 0161 624 2829 or at email@example.com to discuss your visit to the Coliseum.
Groups of 10+ get £3 off full price evening ticket (£20.50)
Groups of 25+ get £4 off full price evening ticket (£18.50) with free programme for organiser
Audio Described Performance
Wednesday 4 July, 2.30pm
Friday 29 June, 7.30pm
Meet the Cast
Thursday 28 June
Saturday 23 June, 7.30pm
Part of the Season Ticket Deal
Directed by Amanda Huxtable
Designed by Kate Unwin
Musical Director Howard Gray
Lighting Designer Stewart Bartles
Sound Designer Lorna Munden
Written by Ian Kershaw