Posts Tagged ‘Coliseum’

The Weir

It is 20 years since Conor McPherson’s play The Weir premiered at the Royal Court, and ten years since I was captivated by the dialogue in a play reading group.  English Touring Theatre’s performance at Oldham Coliseum was everything I hoped it would be, and more.  The staging is intimate, the play perfectly paced and… Continue Reading →

June theatre

For June, here is a selection of performances that may be just off your radar.  A good opportunity to see something different and perhaps unique. Oldham Coliseum showcases new writing and emerging talent with First Break, 22 – 30 June.  A packed programme of plays, rehearsed readings, showcases and discussion in the Coliseum Studio.   HOME… Continue Reading →

Hard Times

A thin pall of smoke hangs over the stage and the front of Oldham Coliseum’s auditorium, there is furnace orange light under the stage and the set is grey iron, clouded glass and black coal.  The cast enter striking metal on metal, wood on wood.  This is Coketown, the location for Charles Dickens’ Hard Times, but it… Continue Reading →

Gaslight

You pretty well know what you’re going to get with Gaslight, the Victorian mystery thriller at Oldham Coliseum.  It’s an incredibly popular choice amongst audiences, and why not, it’s a well written play with fascinating themes. Writer Patrick Hamilton addresses the way in which a man can manipulate his wife, making her doubt her own… Continue Reading →

Jumpers for Goalposts

Jumpers for Goalposts comes to Oldham Coliseum for a two week run from 7 – 22 October 2016.  It’s good to see new writing on the Oldham stage – this play was first performed in 2013.  Director Chris Lawson notes: ‘Tom Wells is writing stories that matter; we relate to them and they reflect real life…. Continue Reading →