Local authority backing Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s lineup for spring and summer

Oldham Council is delighted to back Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s upcoming spring and summer programme of theatre, live performances, and creative activities. The programme, designed for people of all ages and backgrounds, will feature the Coliseum at the Roundabout, a 167-seat pop-up theatre hosting a variety of events showcasing work created in Oldham. Scheduled to open next month and run until July, many events will be free to attend.

Councillor Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, expressed her excitement about the collaboration, highlighting the opportunity for local residents and community groups to participate in new and engaging activities. The joint effort aims to provide cultural, artistic, and educational opportunities while plans for the Coliseum’s future home progress.

In addition to the artistic programme, local community groups are invited to utilize the Roundabout space for various activities. These include events for Full Circle, Culture and Chips discussions, Roma Connections for Roma women, and initiatives by Oldham Theatre Workshop for young people with special needs and adults with disabilities. Aspiring theatre technicians and creatives can also look forward to opportunities like the Cultivate Festival.

Furthermore, local theatre makers will have the chance to develop and showcase their work through ‘Crafted at the Coliseum’, a project offering bursaries and access to the theatre space. The Khushi Festival in August will see community groups collaborating with artists on new pieces of work.

Lauren Clancy, Interim Chief Executive of Oldham Coliseum Theatre, highlighted the engagement with local community groups to shape plans for the year ahead. The Coliseum at the Roundabout will serve as a pivotal space for artists, community groups, and audiences to explore and experience theatre in innovative ways.

More details about the spring and summer programme, supported by Oldham Council and Arts Council England, will be revealed soon. Last year’s programme, which engaged thousands of children and young people, featured collaborations with Stand & Be Counted Theatre and Oldham Theatre Workshop, culminating in successful live events and shows.

For further information, visit the Oldham Coliseum Theatre website at www.coliseum.org.uk.

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