Regenda Homes are working with our Learning and Engagement Department to put the spotlight on money worries with bespoke theatre projects to help raise awareness around the financial issues affecting people in Oldham.
Brand new verbatim theatre show, Benefits Who?, explores Universal Credit; the single monthly payment for people in or out of work, that merges some benefits and tax credits together. Universal Credit has brought about significant changes for individuals and housing providers. The verbatim piece, using real-life stories to explore the issue, will be directed by the Coliseum’s Associate Director, Chris Lawson.
Chris Standish, Regeneration Manger, Regenda Homes, commented: “Helping people understand these issues is really important. We’re delighted to be working with the Coliseum and partners from Oldham Housing Investment Partnership on the project, which has already produced some really tangible benefits.”
Benefits Who? is a part of the Creative Credit project, a partnership project led by Regenda Homes with Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham Council, Oldham Credit Union, Oldham Housing Investment Partnership (OHIP), First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) and Great Places.
The project, which started in September 2015, has already engaged over 300 children and adults in the dangers of illegal money lending with its first theatre piece Don’t Let The Shark Bite, which explored the dangerous world of loan sharks. Written by the Coliseum’s Head of Learning and Engagement, Carly Henderson, Don’t Let The Shark Bite was workshopped or performed with a range of schools and community groups including Watersheddings Primary School, Limehurst Primary School, Greenacres Primary School, Waterhead Academy, Oasis Academy, Oldham College and The Crossley Centre between November 2015 and March 2016.
Ms Robertson from Limehurst Primary School commented: “The workshop was a fun way to educate the children about loan sharks and the importance of saving money instead of borrowing money irresponsibly. After completing the workshop, we have had more detailed discussions as a class about this issue”.
Benefits Who? will tour to centres across Oldham including:
Tuesday 7 June at 11.15am – Oldham College, Rochdale Road, Oldham, OL9 6AA
Tuesday 7 June at 1pm – Primrose Bank Community Centre, 9 Magnolia Gardens, Primrose Bank,, Oldham, OL8 1HY plus a Question and Answer session with the Department of Work and Pensions.
Thursday 9 June at 1pm – Limehurst Library, St Chads Centre, Lime Green Parade, Limehurst, Oldham, OL8 3HH
The mini tour ends with a performance in the Oldham Coliseum Theatre Studio on Thursday 9 June at 3.30pm. #beyondregen