Open from 10am Monday - Saturday

5.30pm - 8pm

Supported by Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

COMMON is an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help artists from working-class backgrounds build sustainable careers in theatre.

The COMMON  team is excited to be working with Oldham Coliseum Theatre to deliver a COMMON GROUND discussion exclusively aimed at artists based in Oldham and the surrounding areas who self-identify as working-class.

The discussion will consider the barriers to career progression which could be directly linked to your socio-economic status and, based on the barriers that are shared, ask for your direct suggestions of opportunities and support services which could be created to help artists overcome them.

This COMMON GROUND discussion is aimed exclusively at working-class* artists living and working in Oldham and the surrounding areas, offering a platform for artists to come together and discuss the barriers to career progression that they face in this specific region.

The discussion is open to working-class artists across all disciplines and in all stages of their careers, including but not limited to: movement directors, lighting designers, dramaturgs, theatre directors, producers, writers, set designers, costume designers, composers, sound designers and theatre-makers.

This event is wheelchair-accessible, baby/child friendly and inclusive of working-class artists from intersectional backgrounds across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, gender binaries and disabilities. Please contact in advance of the discussion if you have any specific requirements, questions or access needs.

*Due to the complexities surrounding the measurement of socio-economic diversity in British theatre, we currently use the term 'working-class' to describe artists who confidently self-identify as being from working-class backgrounds, which includes those who have a family history of social, economic and financial disadvantage.

Please do not attend this event if you do not confidently self-identify as working-class. There will be opportunities to join the conversation and support the cause of working-class diversity in theatre as an ally at a later date.


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