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Opportunities for future stars to appear in Brassed Off

Brassed Off. Image by Ian Tilton 2008
Josh Molloy as Craig, Stuart Wade as Phil, Niamh Darraugh as Melody, Thomas Butterworth as Shane and Emma Gregory as Sandra in the Coliseum’s 2008 production of Brassed Off. Photographer: Ian Tilton.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is looking for young people to appear in our upcoming production of Brassed Off.

Brassed Off is a funny and life affirming play about community spirit and triumph in the face of adversity. Set in the fictional mining town of Grimley, it follows the town’s brass band and conductor Danny’s life-long ambition to lead them to the National Brass Band Competition at the Royal Albert Hall, despite the impending closure of the town’s lifeblood, Grimley pit.

Roles are available for two girls aged 8-10 and two boys aged 10-13 to play the characters of Craig and Melody, Danny’s grandchildren, whose parents face losing their jobs and their home. The children will perform in two teams, appearing in the production on alternate days .

We’re holding an open audition for the roles of Craig and Melody on Wednesday 13 July from 6-7pm, which will involve  the opportunity take part in an acting workshop with Artistic Director Kevin Shaw. There’s no need to register, just come to the theatre on the day.



Brassed Off was a smash-hit at the Coliseum in 2008 and returns by popular demand this autumn. The play will be directed by the our Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Kevin Shaw and will feature the musical talents of  Delph Band, Diggle Band, The Oldham Band (Lees) and Boarshurst Silver Band.

This is a great opportunity for young aspiring actors to perform on the Coliseum’s stage.  Recent Coliseum productions involving members of the local community include: The Ladykillers’ ‘gaggle’ of old ladies, Kiss Me Quickstep’s dance chorus, the annual pantomime chorus and the community chorus of Oldham women in 2015’s smash-hit musical, Dreamers.




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