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Secondary Partnership Scheme: Emerging Playwrights opportunity

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is committed to developing the work of emerging artists and companies from across the region. The Coliseum offers a safe and welcoming creative environment to take your work to the next level.

We’re calling for early-career writers to get involved in the Secondary Partnership Scheme. The Secondary Partnership Scheme engages many secondary schools across Oldham, Tameside, Rochdale and Manchester. We are looking for four emerging writers; aged 18-30 years to create a 15 minute play in response to a main stage show which will be performed by young people aged 11 to 16.

The fee is £200 for each playwright.

The writers will also benefit from:

  • A half day introductory workshop with playwright, Rob Johnston, that will focus on the process of writing for young people and developing works for large casts.
  • Dramaturgical support from the Coliseum, this includes supporting you to structure your piece, write dialogue and build pace in a scene. We will mentor you through the development of your work.
  • Your play will be performed by three school groups on the main stage at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.
  • Networking opportunities with other writers and industry contacts.

You will need to be available for workshops in July or August.

To apply, please email two examples of your work (up to five pages for each example), a 500 word statement of interest and your CV with contact details. Please send your applications with the subject line ‘Secondary Partnership Scheme Writing’ to

The closing date for receipt of entries is: Monday 26 June.

Customer Experience Volunteers

We are seeking Customer Experience Volunteers to welcome and assist all visitors to the Coliseum and provide excellent customer service to people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures.

To apply please download an application form and return to or Recruitment, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Fairbottom Street, Oldham, OL1 3SW.

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