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November 2019 Newsletter

This month we opened our nationally renowned pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk to rave reviews, announced our programme of events for Spring and Summer 2020 and launched a new membership scheme with exclusive offers and discounts.

We also announced six new artists joining the Coliseum for the year 2020 as Associate and Supported Artists and our pantomime cast have been out spreading Christmas cheer across the borough.

 

Read all about it – plus even more updates on what’s going on behind the scenes here at the Coliseum – below.

 


Jack and the Beanstalk is ‘a belter’

This year’s fun-filled family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk opened earlier this month to rave reviews from critics and audiences of all ages.

The Coliseum is famous for producing a top-notch traditional pantomime with a modern twist.  Based (loosely) on the Old English fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk is packed with hit songs, silliness and all the festive magic you could possibly want. To quote Hazy the Cow, it’s moo-vellous!

★★★★★
“Oldham Coliseum Theatre has the magic formula”
Quays Life

★★★★
“Their best panto yet!”
North West End

Join Jack, his mum Dame Dotty Trott and his best mates Jill and Hazy on the adventure of a lifetime as they work to defeat the evil Giant living in the Cloud.

★★★★
“A belter. And it has the best pantomime cow I have ever seen”
Northern Soul

 

“If you only see one pantomime this year make it this one!”
Oldham Reporter

 

★★★★★
“The best traditional pantomime in Manchester”
Theatre Teen Reviews

 

“An experience not to be missed.”
Rochdale Observer

  

This year Coliseum favourite Richard J Fletcher makes his first outing on the Coliseum stage as Pantomime Dame after 11 years at Oldham’s beloved high-flying, heel-kicking Pantomime Comic. Richard’s Dame Dotty Trott is an Oldham Athletic loving, astronomically sassy Dame complete with a wardrobe to die for!

★★★★
As Dame Trott, Fletcher looks as if he was born to play the part combining spot-on comic timing with great physicality and bucket loads of silliness.”
The Reviews Hub

 

 

“A must-see for young and old alike.”
Out and About Mummy

As he steps into the Dame role Richard passes the baton of Pantomime Comic to another Oldham actor, Sam Glen, playing the titular role of Jack. A previous member of Oldham Theatre Workshop, Sam appeared on BBC1’s Take That musical audition programme Let It Shine with Gary Barlow.

Richard and Sam are joined by a cast of old friends: Shorelle Hepkin (Cinderella, Dick Whittingon) as Jill, Mitesh Soni (Cinderella) as Malcolm Moorside and Hazy the Hippy Cow, Sophie Mercell (Bread & Roses) as Grotton, Jenny Platt (Meat Pie, Sausage Roll and four years as Violet Wilson on ITV’s Coronation Street) as Mavis Moorside and Good Fairy Greenfield and Patrick Bridgeman (five Coliseum pantomimes between 2006 – 2010) as Lord Thickpenny Grabbmuch.

 

“An entertaining, good-looking panto.”
The Stage

 

This year’s pantomime is sponsored by George Hill Timber and Building Supplies, Jigsaw Group and N Brown Group. Jack and the Beanstalk’s Educational Partner is Oldham Hulme Grammar School.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk runs until Saturday 11 January 2020. Click here to learn more and book tickets.

 


Chris Lawson announces the Coliseum’s Spring-Summer 2020 programme

On Monday 18 November the Coliseum’s Acting Artistic Director Chris Lawson announced our Spring-Summer 2020 season with a programme featuring Northern voices, new writing, dark comedy, exciting collaborations and a modern adaptation of a classic family favourite.

Alongside the new season we’re also proud to welcome three new Associate Artists: Grant ArcherHafsah Aneela Bashir and RedBobble Artswho will join continuing Associates Fine Comb Theatre, and three Supported Artists: Caitlin GleesonNana-Kofi Kufuor and Sorcha McCaffrey for the year 2020. All six will begin working with the Coliseum in January. Learn more about our Associate and Supported Artists

 

Chris Lawson comments: Our Spring-Summer programme signifies the future direction of the Coliseum and reflects a contemporary Oldham. I believe there’s something here for everyone and I’m overjoyed by the positive response from our audiences, who are keen to come with us on this next chapter in the Coliseum’s journey. We’re delighted to be working with a whole host of partners – new and old – to bring the best work to Oldham.”

 

The season opens with a modern musical reworking of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book by Olivier Award winning writer Jessica Swale, which will be directed by Sarah Punshon.

The first Coliseum-produced family show outside of the festive season in almost 20 years, The Jungle Book is packed with memorable characters, original songs and brilliant storytelling. With a little help from his animal friends Mowgli the man-cub faces Shere Khan the tiger and learns the law of the Jungle.

Swale’s adaptation of the much loved children’s classic features powerful female characters and champions diversity, unity and acceptance. The Jungle Book runs from Friday 3 – Sunday 19 April. Additional activity around the production includes Jungle Trail Guided Walks and family craft workshops.

 

From Tuesday 9 – Saturday 20 June the Coliseum teams up with Northern StageLiverpool Everyman & PlayhouseYork Theatre Royal and Greyscale to present Gareth Farr’s Shandyland. On average 27 pubs close each week in the UK, predominantly in working class towns and cities. Shandyland is a story of life, love, death and drink at the heart of a small, northern family run pub, and a shout of frustration from an abandoned working class community. Gareth Farr’s third full length play, it was written as part of the prestigious Old Vic12 scheme.

Speaking with The Old Vic, Farr commented: “I come from a small, working class mining town in Lancashire where pubs are social spaces, they are community venues, they are places of comfort and exceptional conversation… The fact that so many are closing and at such a fast rate means that local working-class pubs could disappear completely from the cultural landscape of Britain and if that happens then what would happen to that environment?”

Additional activity around the production of Shandyland includes a panel discussion exploring the social and economic challenges surrounding local pubs and their communities and a short reading at Oldham’s White Hart Inn followed by the pub quiz.

 

The Coliseum presents Lee Hall’s dark comedy Cooking with Elvis from Friday 11 – Saturday 26 September. When an amateur Elvis impersonator is paralysed in a car crash his wife and daughter are forced to deal with the aftermath. Jill tries to replace him with cooking, Mam tries to replace him with sex. Unfortunately, they both try out their talents with the same man.

From the writer of Billy ElliotThe Pitmen Painters and the 2019 hit film RocketmanCooking with Elvis is both provocative and hilarious.  

 

The Coliseum welcomes a touring production of Richard Cameron’s The Glee Club presented by Out of JointCast and Kiln Theatre from Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 May. Described as Brassed Off meets The Full MontyCameron’s celebrated play about miners preparing for the local gala is a raucous comedy featuring live music.

The Glee Club  a group of five hard-working, hard drinking miners and a church organist ­– are well established in the working men’s clubs, but they’re not exactly at the vanguard of a musical revolution. It’s the summer of ’62 and Britain and music are about to change, so too are the lives of these six men…

 

Elsewhere in the season we welcome Friendsical, a musical parody inspired by the hit TV show (Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 May), and Olivier Award winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 May).

Friendsical features original new songs including (He’s Her) Lobster!Richard’s Moustache and You’re Over Me, When Were You Under Me? The gang take on Naked Thursdays, a power cut and a dinosaur convention. What could possibly go wrong?

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense is a new play adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse, written by the Goodale Brothers. Aristocratic buffoon Bertie Wooster has hired the theatre for the night to present his one man show detailing a recent and rather spectacular series of misadventures. In a joyous reimagining of the classic PG Wodehouse characters, three actors hurl themselves from role to role as they race to tell the story.

 

Oldham Coliseum Theatre co-produce Paines Plough Roundabout this year, bringing the award-winning pop up venue to Oldham town centre from Saturday 27 June – Saturday 18 July.

The 2020 Roundabout programme includes world premieres: Hungry by Chris Bush (Steel, The Changing Room), Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba (The Sweetness of a Sting) and family show Really Big and Really Loud by 2019 Bruntwood Award winner Phoebe Éclair-Powell (Fury, Epic Love and Pop Songs) performed in rep, directed by Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director Katie Posner, plus a new ‘trailblazer’ 30-minute short play, The Inconvenience Store by Charlotte Keatley. Roundabout will also host a programme of visiting companies, comedy, music and local community events. Full listings will be announced in due course.

 

Chris Lawson comments: “We are delighted to be co-producing Roundabout 2020 season with Paines Plough, and elevating our long-standing commitment to new writing in such an exciting way. We can’t wait for the Roundabout to take centre stage in Oldham town centre and would like to thank our colleagues at Oldham Council for their support of this programme.”

 

Hungry by Chris Bush is a new play about food, class and grief in a world where there is little left to savour.

Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba is a brand new musical about love. Chinonyerem’s latest work explores romantic relationships between black people, and in particular how this is portrayed, or more often than not, isn’t portrayed on stage.

Really Big and Really Loud by Phoebe Éclair-Powell is a new play for families about living loudly.

The Inconvenience Store by Charlotte Keatley is a new 30 minute short play about a shop that allows people to change themselves, not just their clothes.

 

2020 is Roundabouts seventh consecutive year; the season will be co-produced by Paines Plough and Oldham Coliseum Theatre in association with York Theatre Royal. It will open in Oldham town centre in June and continue onto Summerhall, Edinburgh before transferring to York Theatre Royal in September. They will then tour to Salford, Ramsgate, Doncaster, Bournemouth and Lincoln.

 

From Monday 1 – Friday 5 June Oldham Coliseum Theatre presents its third annual Cultivate Festival focussed on theatre upskilling. An unmissable opportunity for anyone looking to get into any of the many areas of theatre, previous Cultivate festivals have included workshops from Frantic Assembly, Equity Fight Director Kaitlin Howard and renowned director Chris Honer plus open auditions, Virtual Reality Theatre experiences and networking opportunities. Full details of this year’s festival will be revealed in due course.

Khushi, a brand new festival showcasing work made and inspired by Oldham’s South Asian communities, takes over the Coliseum from Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 August. Through a series of dynamic projects that will bring artists and communities together, Khushi will present a rich mix of events for everyone including live performance, art installations, poetry, music and workshops.

 

We’re welcoming six Independent Theatre companies throughout the season:

Plant Fetish by performance artist Chanje Kunda is presented at Oldham Library on Tuesday 10 March. It looks at anxiety and women in Mexico who, fed up of men, are getting married to trees.

The Last Quiz Night on Earth by Box Of Tricks is presented at Oldham’s Bank Top Tavern pub. The explosive new pre-apocalyptic comedy runs on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 March.

Best Girl is a semi-autobiographical play written by actor Christine Mackie (The Coliseum’s production of Whisky Galore and Coronation Street’s Dr Gaddas) inspired by the loss of her father and performed by her daughter Lois. The production was supported at Edinburgh Fringe Festival by the Coliseum as part of Venues North in Summer 2019. It comes to the Coliseum Studio from Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 April.

Drowning, in the Coliseum Studio on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 May is the debut play by Dare To Know Theatre, a show about a 16 year old’s struggle with mental health.

Ladybones by Coliseum Supported Artist Sorcha McCaffrey  is an uplifting and compelling story about OCD, dungarees and being weird but not a weirdo. Following a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe it comes to the Coliseum Studio on Thursday 14 May.

Shine in the Coliseum Studio on Wednesday 27 May is an immersive psychological thriller that blurs the senses and tricks the mind as the audience search for a missing girl.

 

Last but certainly not least the Coliseum also welcomes an array of special one night events. Family fun includes Northern Ballet’s Little Red Riding Hood (Saturday 2 May) and Julia Donaldson’s Zog (Friday 27 – Sunday 29 March); music includes The South, formerly known as The Beautiful South (Monday 22 June) and a tribute to Queen (Thursday 28 May), comedy includes Russell Kane (Saturday 25 April) plus there’s a little bit of magic with Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist Ben Hart (Tuesday 21 April).

 

Click here to see all forthcoming events at the Coliseum.

 


Pantomime’s annual visit to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice

Last week the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk visited patients and staff at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice on what has become an annual highlight marking the start of the festive season at the hospice.

The cast of this year’s pantomime – Richard J Fletcher, Sam Glen, Mitesh Soni, Shorelle Hepkin, Jenny Platt, Sophie Mercell and Patrick Bridgman – set off for the Royton hospice as soon as the matinee curtain fell. They chatted with patients and staff and posed for photographs in the Well-Being Centre before heading to the temporary Inpatient Unit to visit patients in their rooms.

 

Lyndsey Donbavand, Quality and Governance Manager at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, commented: “It’s been great for everyone – the patients on the inpatient unit ward and all the well-being patients can’t wait to see the actors and find out what this year’s panto is all about.”

 

Lee Buckley, Complementary Therapist at the Hospice, added: The patients always look forward to the pantomime visit every year, it’s become a bit of a tradition here. They love the theatrics of it all, the costumes and having a chat with the actors. It’s a really lovely thing for them to experience. It’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful.”

 

The cast also heard about the plans for the hospice’s new build which is currently under construction. The works will transform the 12-bed Inpatient Unit into individual en-suite rooms with views of a newly landscaped garden.

This is the fourth year the Coliseum’s pantomime cast have visited the Hospice to spread Christmas cheer in a collaborative event arranged by theatre and hospice staff. Last year pantomime favourite Richard J Fletcher had the patients in fits of laughter as he told jokes from the 2018 pantomime Cinderella. After 11 years as the Coliseum’s beloved Pantomime Comic, this year Richard plays the Pantomime Dame for the first time as Dame Dotty Trott. He arrived at the hospice in a dress dedicated to Oldham Athletic, complete with a meat pie, sausage roll wig.

 

Richard commented:It’s a highlight at the beginning of our pantomime run each year to go and put smiles on people’s faces at Dr Kershaw’s because they do such a great job

 

Theresa Beaty, Volunteer at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, said It’s good fun, it’s entertaining and it’s something different. We all enjoy it – you think pantomime is only aimed at children but a lot of adults get so much joy out of it.

 

Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s nationally renowned pantomime has been putting the extra sparkle into the festive season for generations; with all the ingredients for fantastic family fun: hit songs, silliness, a sprinkling of fairy dust and a generous helping of It’s Behind You! With a fairy, a GIANT and a hippy cow,  Jack and the Beanstalk is the perfect Christmas treat for kids and not-so-grown-up grown-ups.

 

This year’s pantomime is sponsored by George Hill Timber and Building SuppliesJigsaw Group and N Brown GroupJack and the Beanstalk’s Educational Partner is Oldham Hulme Grammar School.

Jack and the Beanstalk runs until Saturday 11 January 2020. Click here to learn more and book tickets.

 


Introducing Our Coliseum

Earlier this month at our Spring-Summer 2020 Season Launch we launched a new membership scheme with exclusive offers and discounts.

For just £30 per year Our Coliseum members receive:

  • £10 off your first booking
  • 10% off at our bars and kiosk
  • 2for1tickets for the opening night of all Coliseum productions
  • Exclusive offers in a monthly newsletter
  • Invites to our exclusive Season Launch events with the opportunity for priority booking on the night
  • An annual car park pass for evenings at Bradshaw Street Carpark

To sign up for Our Coliseum phone our Box Office on 0161 624 2829.

 


Get involved: Programme for Adults

The Coliseum runs a range of groups for people interested in the many areas of theatre, trying new things and meeting new, like minded people.

 

Scripts and Scribbles

Scripts and Scribbles are our play reading and writing groups. The sessions, delivered on alternate weeks, explore new and existing pieces of writing and share practical tips and techniques to help you develop your ideas into a rehearsed reading. Beginners welcome.

This year the course will be taught by local playwright Amie George. Amie is the writer and Co-Artistic Director of Rogue Bones Theatre Company. She was part of the Royal Court Writers’ Group in 2016, and has recently had two shows performed in the Coliseum’s studio.

The groups meet on alternate Wednesdays from 11am – 1pm. £3 per session. Scripts starts on Wednesday 15 January and Scribbles on Wednesday 22 January.

 

Full Circle

Full Circle is a friendly and welcoming group for anyone aged over 50 who’s interested in trying new things and meeting new people. The group meets on a fortnightly basis for talks and activities relating to theatre, the arts and the local area. Each session starts with a talk, followed by a workshop, ranging from dance sessions to play reading and craft sessions.

Sessions run from 10:30am – 2:15pm on alternate Tuesdays starting on Tuesday 14 January. Full Circle is £5 and includes a brew.

 

For more information about getting involved in any of our groups, contact Carly or Ben on LED@Coliseum.org.uk or call 0161 785 7008

 

 


Build your own Season Ticket

With our flexible Season Ticket your love of theatre is rewarded with big savings. You have complete control over which shows you see and when.

How does the offer work?

It’s simple, the more you book the more you save

Book two shows – save 5%
Book three shows – save 10%
Book four shows – save 15%
Book five shows – save 20%
Book six shows – save 25%

The shows available in the Spring-Summer 2020 Season Ticket are: The Jungle Book, The Glee ClubFriendsical, Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, Shandyland and Cooking With Elvis.

There are no set shows that you have to see with a Season Ticket deal, giving you complete control over what you see and what you don’t.

Because our Season Ticket is a flexible offer you can also include shows from our current Autumn-Winter Season: Trojan Horse, Four Minutes Twelve Seconds and Absurd Person Singular.

 

Trojan Horse (6-7 February) looks at the true story of a community torn apart by racial divisions following accusations of ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors plotting extremism in Birmingham schools.

Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (21 February–7 March) is a topical drama that looks at how we see ourselves and others and highlights the dangers of modern technology.

Absurd Person Singular (10-14 March) is Alan Ayckbourn’s much-loved classic set over three successive Christmas parties.

The Jungle Book (3-19 April) is a modern musical reworking of Rudyard Kipling‘s famous children’s story.

The Glee Club (12-16 May) is a raucous comedy about a group of miners preparing for the local gala.

Friendsical (18-20 May) is a musical parody inspired by the gang in Friends.

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (26 & 27 May) is a joyous re-imagining of the classic PG Wodehouse characters.

Shandyland (9-20 June) is a story of life, love, death and drink at the heart of a small, northern, family-run pub.

Cooking With Elvis (11-26 September) is a provocative dark comedy about disability, sex, food and the King.

 

Season Ticket holders can also save 10% on tickets for award-winning pop-up theatre Roundabout, which comes to Oldham town centre from 27 June – 18 July in co-production with the Coliseum.

Roundabout features three world premiere plays: Hungry by Chris Bush, Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba and family show Really Big and Really Loud by 2019 Bruntwood Award winner Phoebe Éclair-Powell performed in rep, directed by Paines Plough Joint Artistic Director Katie Posner, plus a new ‘trailblazer’ 30-minute short play, The Inconvenience Store by Charlotte Keatley. It will also host a programme of visiting companies, comedy, music and local community events. Full listings will be announced in due course.

 

As always, Season Ticket holders can take advantage of free parking on Bradshaw Street for evening performances and, if booking four or more shows, the option to spread the cost by Direct Debit.

 

To book your Season Ticket click here to book online or call our Box Office on 0161 624 2829

 


Six North West Artists link with Oldham Coliseum for 2020

The Coliseum is welcoming three new Associate Artists: Grant ArcherHafsah Aneela Bashir and RedBobble Arts, and three Supported Artists: Caitlin GleesonNana-Kofi Kufuor and Sorcha McCaffrey to the team for the year 2020.

Associates are practitioners with whom the Coliseum will create work in collaboration with, whilst Supported Artists are individual theatre makers and writers that the Coliseum will support to bring their own work to fruition. Starting in January 2020, all Associate and Supported Artists will have access to individually tailored experiences to support their development and strengthen their networks.

 

Chris Lawson, Acting Artistic Director of the Coliseum, said:The Coliseum is proud to open its doors to a wide range of artists at different levels of their careers from across the region. We look forward to supporting them in making work and to them contributing to the life of the Coliseum and the town of Oldham to ensure high quality relevant work is available to all.

 

The Coliseum is committed to developing artists and companies from across the North West and all of the artists will be supported to try new forms and produce new work across the building and site specific locations, mentored by Acting Artistic Director Chris Lawson, continuing Associate Company Fine Comb Theatre and staff relevant to their areas of interest. Fine Comb’s first year as Associates saw them host scratch nights and workshops throughout the year, successfully apply for Arts Council England funding and debut their new show, Not Yours, Mine, which explored parental rights and responsibilities within the British judicial system, in the Coliseum’s Studio.

 

 

Grant Archer is a digital and visual artist and co-founder of Take Back Theatre with actor Julie Hesmondhalgh and writer Rebekah Harrison. His recent work includes books on Iceland and Gibraltar, published by Out of Place Books, a series of short films with Take Back TheatreConnect – a series of phone conversations at HOME, ManchesterPatient – an audio/visual installation at the Coliseum and Virtual Reality experiences at the Coliseum’s Cultivate Festival and The Lowry’s Open Day.

Grant commented:I’m excited to work with the Coliseum in the development and creation of further digital installation work. The Coliseum works with an exciting range of artists for potential collaborations and is constantly expanding its community links. It is highly motivating to know that they believe in experimentation and the exploration of new forms of telling stories.”

 

 

Hafsah Aneela Bashir is a Manchester based poet and playwright and co-director of the arts collective Outside The Frame Arts. She works with marginalized and underrepresented communities delivering creative writing workshops centred around identity and empowerment. Her work has featured in anthologies published by Crocus Books and her debut poetry collection, The Celox And The Clot by Burning Eye Books, launched last year with Manchester Literature Festival. Her recent work includes a monologue for Memories of Partition with Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and a commission for PUSH Festival at HOME, Manchester this year with her play Cuts Of The Cloth.

Hafsah commented:I’m excited to explore and develop new ideas around British Muslim stories and to really push the potentials of the work I am making in terms of innovation and originality. This opportunity will give me valuable time, space and resources to contribute to my professional development as an artist and I am particularly looking forward to connecting with the networks and communities that the Coliseum engages with. Having access to the Coliseum team and its practitioners is exactly what I need at this stage of my career and I plan to share my learning with other artists at a similar stage in their practice as much as possible.”

 

 

RedBobble Arts – aka Louisa May Parker and Kelly Munro-Fawcett – are a female led company based in Manchester and Leeds. Formerly RedBobble Theatre, they specialise in making live performance as well as creating community engagement and education projects.

Louisa and Kelly said:We are so excited to be working more closely with Oldham Coliseum in 2020. This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time for us; a new name, some new team members, a new outlook! We’re looking forward to some much needed mentorship that will hopefully help us build our profile and support us to explore new ways of storytelling, both in the theatre and out in the community.

 

 

Caitlin Gleeson is a theatre maker, facilitator and writer whose work includes solo performance, interactive theatre and community arts, and often explores autobiography, gender and place. She is currently touring Pour and Serve, a site-specific solo performance on the language of sexual harassment, and is in development with Vera – a collaboration with Ross McCaffrey which uses the story of a pioneering astrophysicist to ask why we believe some people more than others; and Dungarees, a show that uses humour, autobiography and a host of unhappy lesbian TV characters to explore how coming out can be dangerous, exhausting and radical.

Caitlin said:I’m really excited to be a supported artist at the Coliseum and am looking forward to further developing new performance projects with a theatre I know and love. I want to make work for audiences in Oldham and create new opportunities for people to engage with the Coliseum and its work. I can’t wait to get started and develop my practice with the support of all the brilliant staff”.

 

 

Nana-Kofi Kufuor is a writer from Stockport who writes to expose and humanize the people that mainstream media currently and historically has taken delight in mocking or ostracising. He wants to take theatre to places it doesn’t ordinarily go and create stories that are rarely seen on stage. Nana-Kofi is currently under commission from Box of Tricks as part of the PlayBox writers’ scheme. He was also shortlisted for the Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award earlier this year.

Nana-Kofi commented:I’m so excited to become a Supported Artist at this famous and historic theatre. This opportunity will open doors for me to go to places I struggled to get into before and ultimately enables me to create more work about a wider variety of people, which has always been my goal.

 

Sorcha McCaffrey is a Yorkshire actor, writer and theatre-maker based in Manchester. Her first play Ladybones ran at VAULT Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 and has been recorded as an audio drama for Audible. On Thursday 14 May Ladybones comes to the Coliseum Studio. 

Sorcha said:It’s so heartening for a theatre to support you and invite you to become part of the building and the community. I’m proper excited to be supported by Oldham Coliseum and have the chance to develop as an artist and make work that is bold, playful and collaborative.

 

All of the artists will be embedded in the Coliseum company, giving them access to valuable development opportunities including administrative and technical support, one to ones with staff, office and development space, performance and networking opportunities. Associate and Supported Artists and Companies work closely with the Coliseum to develop new audiences and provide critical feedback for other Coliseum productions. They are a part of a peer-to-peer support network and act as mentors for aspiring creatives working with the theatre.

 

Click here to learn more about the Coliseum’s Associate and Supported Artists and Companies

 


They’re behind you! Remedian sponsor panto chorus uniforms

Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s official IT providers, Remedian IT Solutions, spread some extra festive cheer at the theatre as they sponsored the off-stage uniforms for Jack and the Beanstalk’s young chorus.

Jack and the Beanstalk features three teams of eight talented young people who join the Coliseum’s professional actors on stage throughout the eight-week run of this year’s pantomime. This year’s chorus members were provided with a specially designed hoodie based on the pantomime’s artwork to wear off-stage throughout the production and keep as a memento of their Christmas at the Coliseum.

 

Based in Oldham, Remedian have been working with schools and businesses across the North West for over 10 years; helping them make the most of their I.T with friendly, professional and proactive services.

David Windle, Managing Director Remedian IT Solutions commented:At Remedian we’re very proud to support local businesses, so when we were asked if we would sponsor the pantomime hoodies for the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham we didn’t hesitate. The theatre puts on a fantastic programme of shows and we are more than happy to support them.”

 

Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s nationally renowned pantomime has been putting the extra sparkle into the festive season for generations; with all the ingredients for fantastic family fun: hit songs, silliness, a sprinkling of fairy dust and a generous helping of It’s Behind You! With a fairy, a GIANT and a hippy cow,  Jack and the Beanstalk is the perfect Christmas treat for kids and not-so-grown-up grown-ups.

 

This year’s pantomime is sponsored by George Hill Timber and Building SuppliesJigsaw Group and N Brown Group. Jack and the Beanstalk’s Educational Partner is Oldham Hulme Grammar School.

Jack and the Beanstalk runs until Saturday 11 January 2020. Click here to learn more and book tickets.

 


Award-winning pop-up theatre is coming to Oldham

Paines Plough’s Roundabout is the world’s first pop-up, plug and play theatre. It flat packs into a lorry and pops up all over the country.

In 2020 it’s coming to Oldham, pitching up outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The Coliseum has teamed up with Paines Plough to bring four brand new plays by world-class writers to your doorstep this summer; Really Big and Really LoudBlack LoveHungry and The Inconvenience Store. Book for two or more Roundabout shows and receive a 10% discount. These four new plays will feature as part of a three-week programme by and for our Oldham community.

 

Chris Lawson, Acting Artistic Director of Oldham Coliseum Theatre commented: “We are delighted to be co-producing Roundabout 2020 season with Paines Plough, and elevating our long-standing commitment to new writing in such an exciting way. We can’t wait for the Roundabout to take centre stage in Oldham town centre and would like to thank our colleagues at Oldham Council for their support of this programme.”

 

Really Big and Really Loud by Phoebe Éclair Powell

2019 Bruntwood Prize winner Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s new family show is about LIVING LOUDLY. Ten year old Charli is always being told to sit down and keep quiet, so much so that one morning she wakes up and – nothing – her voice is gone. Her Mum is worried, her older brother thinks its hilarious, everyone keeps offering her a lozenge. But Charli knows this is big – she needs to find it before it’s too late. Click here to learn more and book tickets

 

Black Love by Chinonyerem Odimba

The first ever musical to be included in the Roundabout season, Black Love is a brand new musical about love with music from the Ringham brothers. Black Love explores romantic relationships between black people and in particular how this is portrayed, or more often than not, isn’t portrayed on stage. Click here to learn more and book tickets

 

Hungry by Chris Bush

We are what we eat, and Bex eats rubbish. It’s not like she has any choice though – when times are tough the last thing you think about is your five-a-day. Today is different though. Today the table groans, and the best china is out. Today things will change. Hungry is a new play about food, class and grief in a world where there is little to savour. Click here to learn more and book tickets

 

The Inconvenience Store by Charlotte Keatley

The Inconvenience Store is a new 30-minute short play by Charlotte Keatley, writer of My Mother Said I Never Should – the most widely produced play ever written by a woman. How many versions of yourself are you wearing today? Just those three? Do they really fit you? Bee doesn’t fit hers. So she’s opened a shop, where the changing room actually does change you. The Inconvenience Store offers what is needed by those who aren’t Mr Normal- whoever he is. Click here to learn more and book tickets.

 

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Customer Experience Volunteers: Join us

We’re always on the lookout for friendly and reliable people to join our team of Customer Experience Volunteers, who help to look after our audiences from greeting them in the foyer, to selling programmes and ice creams, taking them to their seats and much more.

Customer Experience Volunteers must be 18+ and able to commit to a minimum of three months volunteering with us. No experience is needed as full training is provided.

Click here to learn more about becoming an Oldham Coliseum Theatre Customer Experience Volunteer or contact Heather Shaw, House Manager,  by phone on 0161 785 7021 or email heathershaw@coliseum.org.uk.

 


Oldham Coliseum Theatre gratefully acknowledges funding from:

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is a Registered Charity, No: 508829.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre Ltd Reg No: 1415547