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We’re looking for young people to appear in Bread & Roses

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is looking for young people to appear in our upcoming production of Bread & Roses

We need your help to bring to life an exciting new musical stuffed full of songs, laughs and drama telling the real life story of a huge mill-workers strike in USA in 1912.

Roles are available for two girls or boys aged 8-12 to play the characters of Ruby or James. Ruby or James is the child of Lucy-Rose Atkins, a single mother who works in the mill. For these roles, we are specifically looking for young performers from Black Caribbean or Black African heritage.

We’re holding an open audition on Tuesday 8 May for the roles of Ruby or James. Registration starts at 5:00pm with an acting workshop taking place 5:30-6:30pm with Artistic Director Kevin Shaw.  

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: Craig and Melody, in Brassed Off, the chorus of football fans in Meat Pie, Sausage Roll and the annual pantomime chorus.

We’ll need you to come to some evening rehearsals (dates will be confirmed nearer the time).

Rehearsals  will be the week commencing: Monday 28 May, Monday 4 June, Monday 11 June, Monday 18 June.


Friday 22 June 7:30pm
Saturday 23 June 7:30 pm
Tuesday 26 June 7:30 pm
Wednesday 27 June 2:30pm


Thursday 28 June 7:30pm
Friday 29 June 7:30pm
Saturday 30 June 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Tuesday 3 July 7:30pm
Wednesday 4 July 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Thursday 5 July 7:30pm
Friday 6 July 7:30pm
Saturday 7 July 7:30pm

Further information

All child performers at the Oldham Coliseum are properly licensed and will be in the care of chaperones at all times.

There’s no information to send in advance, just turn up on the day. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Rose Sergent, Admin Officer – / 0161 785 7007.

Written by Ian Kershaw (award winning television and theatre writer, whose plays include Star-Cross’d for the Coliseum), Bread & Roses features a mix of real and imagined characters. The story of Lucy-Rose Atkins as she navigates the strike, facing love, loss, lies and deceit, using her quick wit, impassioned heart and fierce intelligence to undertake a journey from unskilled worker to impassioned leader.


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