Announcing our Spring-Summer 2024 Season including a pop-up theatre for Oldham

We are thrilled to be able to announce our Spring-Summer 2024 season. Led by our Chief Executive, Lauren Clancy, we are putting together a programme of live performance and creative activities for Oldham, as well as opportunities for creatives. 

First up and from April, we’re bringing a 167-seater pop-up theatre to the town centre. Coliseum at the Roundabout will host an artistic programme focusing on work made in Oldham.

There will be opportunities for local community groups to use the space and we’ll welcome the return of some of our own groups, including Full Circle for the over 50s, Culture and Chips, an open group for discussions around arts and culture, and Roma Connections, our project for Roma women.

We’ll once again host Cultivate, the Coliseum's week-long festival for anyone wanting to get into the different areas of theatre. And local theatremakers will be given space, time, and a small budget to develop and showcase their work through our new programme, Crafted at the Coliseum.

Coliseum at the Roundabout will host a series of free-to-attend housewarming events so that everyone can come and see this amazing theatre-in-the-round and get involved in creative activities. We’d love to see you there so sign up to our mailing list or get in touch and let us know how you’d like to be involved. 

August will see the return of the Khushi Festival. Named after the Urdu word for happiness, Khushi is our annual festival showcasing work by Oldham’s South Asian communities. We have commissioned three fantastic artists to co-create brand new pieces of work. Poet Nasima Begum will be working with Werneth CHAI; actor and facilitator Perveen Hussain will be working with West Oldham CHAI and the Indian Association; and folk arts and craft visual artist Maryam Hussain will work with Yuvanis Foundation and a group from Greenhill Community Sports and Recreation Club. We can’t wait to see what this year’s groups create - watch this space!

Our Chief Executive, Lauren, said

"We've been working with local community groups as part of an engagement process to look at what they would like to see in Oldham, so we’re thrilled to unveil some of our plans for the year ahead, in which we’re bringing new opportunities for people of all ages to come and be creative. Coliseum at the Roundabout is a lynchpin for those plans - a beautiful, theatrical space that will offer artists, community groups and audiences the chance to explore, develop and experience theatre in different ways."

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