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Advent Plays 2020

Throughout December 2020 we aired a new short play based on a festive theme each day.

Illustration by Rose Sergent –

Aired Tuesday 1 – Thursday 24 December
Directed by Chris Lawson
Filmed and Edited by Grant Archer

24 plays – 14 writers – 25 actors.

The Advent Plays were a little sprinkle of Christmas, released daily across our Social Media channels, perfect to watch whilst you eat the chocolate out of your calendar at home.

Writers were given a Christmas themed title to respond to, and all of the short plays were filmed on stage at the Coliseum on our cosy living room set, with props and furniture from shows you may have seen. We meet a range of characters who share their funny, sweet and sometimes obscure Christmas tales.

Subscribers to the Coliseum YouTube Channel received a notification each morning when the day’s Advent Play became available. The plays were also available to view on the Coliseum’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.


Click here to view all of the writers and actors

Click here to view the Advent Plays playlist on YouTube

Directed by Artistic Director Chris Lawson
Filmed and Edited by Digital Associate Artist Grant Archer

Hafsah Aneela Bashir     Cathy Crabb     Adam Fenton     Chris Hoyle
Zoe Iqbal   Tom Kinney   Nana-Kofi Kufuor   Steph Lacey
Sorcha McCaffrey   Emma Rogerson     Matthew Smith   Jake Talbot     
Ian Townsend   Rob Ward        
Wendy Albiston John Askew Joyce Branagh Victoria Brazier Shaban Dar
Tupele Dorgu   Sophie Ellicott   Isabel Ford   Akshay Gulati   Danielle Henry
Eleanor Hawthorne   Karen Henthorn   Neil Hurst   Zoe Iqbal   Lewis Jones-Dunn
Steph Lacey   Becky Lindsay   Sorcha McCaffrey   Saba Nikoufekr   Jenny Platt
Jamie Rhall   Mitesh Soni   Jake Talbot   Will Travis   Elizabeth Twells


Thanks to the Coliseum Production and Wardrobe departments for enabling these projects to happen during lockdown

Head of Production Lesley Chenery
Company Stage Manager Jane Jones
Deputy Production Manager Adam Gent
Stage Technician Kev Leach
Wardrobe Supervisor Bridget Bartley


Advent Plays is an Oldham Coliseum Theatre Digital Series.
Copyright © 2020 Oldham Coliseum Theatre, all rights reserved.

Illustration by Rose Sergent –



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