Safe Mode

It’s the first event in the Oldham Coliseum ‘First Break’ showcase of new writing and I’ve come out to The Swan at Dobcross, just outside Oldham, to see ‘Safe Mode’.

This is a great location; the Swan is a lovely village pub with a warm welcome.  My only regret is it’s dark; the countryside must be beautiful here in the light.  The theatre is upstairs and is a flexible space, comfortable and intimate, with generally good sight lines for the audience.  It seems to have a varied and interesting programme.

Safe Mode by Lindsay Avery, produced by Theatre by Numbers, is technically in development.  But this is a great story, well presented, and with interesting themes.  Rebecca Derrick and Andrew Madden create two convincing and fascinating characters who meet in a park in ‘Central City’.  “Your home is gone. The town is burning. Don’t think, just run. Head for Central City … you’ll be safe there.”  The play explores themes of isolation, hope and friendship.  There is good use of storytelling and visuals which add to the surreal feel of the play.

It’s always a pleasure to see good new writing and this is a play with a lot of potential.


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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