Posts Tagged ‘Oldham’

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 →

October Theatre

October in Manchester is busy for theatre and performance, so busy that you couldn’t possibly see all the good things that are lined up.  But here’s a few that look well worth checking out. At HOME, Orbit Festival runs until 15 October and includes a range of brilliant shows, some of which I’ve seen before… 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 →

May Theatre

Two Bank Holidays, the start of summer and colour comes to Manchester’s green spaces.  And there’s great theatre on offer, as always. Spring Reign at the Lowry on 10 May looks like a fascinating insight into the reality of the Syrian conflict, ‘based on real-life accounts collected from Syrian refugees, aid workers, activists, and journalists’…. Continue Reading →