Oldham Coliseum announces Spring/Summer 2022 season


Oldham Coliseum Theater today announced its schedule for Spring and Summer 2022. The season includes a world premiere, a modern adaptation of a children’s classic, two tours based on true stories and hard-hitting drama from the other side of the pond.

March and April feature two long-awaited events that finally take place two years after they were canceled when UK cinemas closed on March 16, 2020: the Coliseum production of The Jungle Book, which was entering its second week of rehearsals, and The Last Box of Tricks Theater quiz. Night on Earth which was due to open in Oldham that evening.

The theatre’s Studio program also returns after a two-year hiatus as six independent theater companies present new works in the Coliseum’s more intimate Studio space and Cultivate once again provides an unmissable opportunity for theater makers with a week-long festival of workshops, talks and opportunities. .

Sarah Punshon conducts Jessica Swale and Joe Stilgoe’s musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book on Easter.

The Jungle Book is the first family show the Colosseum has produced outside of the holiday season in nearly 20 years. The theater is famous for its annual traditional pantomime and builds on this with another seasonal theater experience for all ages.

Performed by seven actors, The Jungle Book explores universal themes of family, belonging and identity. The production design is a meeting of worlds, set in an “urban jungle” playground that the actors will climb and swing on throughout the play.

Designer Katie Scott, music director Tayo Akinbode and movement director Stuart Bowden join Sarah Punshon for production.

The Jungle Book runs from Thursday April 7 to Sunday April 24.

Coliseum Artistic Director Chris Lawson directs Maxine Peake’s Beryl, which opens at the Coliseum in May before touring Theater By The Lake, Keswick and The Dukes, Lancaster.

When actress Maxine Peake received the autobiography of cyclist Beryl Burton as a gift, she wondered why no one had ever written a play about Britain’s unsung sporting legend, so she wrote it herself. The result is an inspiring tour de force fueled by rhubarb, Nordic charm and fierce determination.

Yorkshirewoman Beryl Burton had a heart condition which should have kept her from strenuous exercise. Beryl had other ideas, however, and she dominated British cycling in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, winning dozens of championships, breaking British and world records and securing an MBE and OBE.

Beryl runs at the Colosseum from Saturday May 7 to Saturday May 21. On Monday May 16, local Manchester playwright community ADP will also present four new plays in response to Beryl on set at the Coliseum production.

Bruntwood Award-winning writer Ian Kershaw teams up with actress Clara Darcy to tell his incredible real-life story in We Should Definitely Have More Dancing.

Clara Darcy is fit, carefree, happily single and dancing through life, until her world is turned upside down with the arrival of a fist-sized tumor in her head. Performed by the actress herself with friends, We Should Definitely Have More Dancing is a warning postcard from the edge of life filled with heart, love and dance.

Co-directed by Tatty Hennessy and Raz Shaw, We Should Definitely Have More Dancing makes its world premiere at The Coliseum from Friday June 17 to Saturday July 2, before moving to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe followed by a national tour in the autumn .

Oldham Coliseum Artistic Director Chris Lawson said: “Our industry has had the toughest two years in memory and, like other UK theatres, we’ve been on a roller coaster since the Coliseum reopened. last summer. Although we are not out of the woods yet, I am pleased to announce this ambitious program which sees us get back to what we do best. The Colosseum is the last remaining professional production theater in Oldham and this season sees us not only creating new work for our audience here at Oldham, but once again sharing it with audiences across the UK.”

The Coliseum hosts Headlong, Leeds Playhouse and August Wilson’s co-production Jitney from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th July.

Regular taxis will not travel to the Pittsburgh Hill District in 1977, so local residents turn to an unlicensed taxi company for “jitney” drivers. Jitney is a groundbreaking modern classic exploring the fragile bond between eight men as they live, love and work in a racially segregated post-Vietnam America.

August Wilson is one of America’s greatest and most ambitious writers, whose work chronicles the experiences and legacy of the African-American community in the 20th century.

The Coliseum’s spring and summer season ticket offer offers multi-purchase discounts on six shows: The Jungle Book, Beryl, We Should Definitely Have More Dancing and Jitney, plus the remaining fall season productions -winter: The Glee Club and The Ballad of Maria Marten.

Richard Cameron’s rowdy comedy The Glee Club comes to Oldham from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th March.

The Glee Club, made up of five diligent miners and drinkers and a church organist, prepares for the local gala. Although established in workers’ clubs, they weren’t exactly at the forefront of a musical revolution. It’s the summer of 62. Britain and music are about to change, and so are the lives of these six men. Will anything be the same again?

The Glee Club Tours of Oldham presented by Stockroom, Theater by the Lake, Cast in Doncaster and Kiln Theatre.

From Tuesday March 22 to Saturday March 26, Eastern Angles and Matthew Linley Creative Projects present a gripping tale of a real-life murder mystery, The Ballad of Maria Marten.

Summer 1827. In a red barn, Maria Marten awaits her lover. A year later, his body is found under the barn floor in a grain sack and the hunt for the man begins. But in all the hysteria, Maria’s own story gets lost. Until now. Hal Chambers and Beth Flintoff’s moving tale rediscovers its history, bringing it to vivid and urgent life.

Elsewhere in the theater, the Colosseum is reopening its more intimate Studio space showcasing new writing from independent theater companies.

In Parallel presents the two-act comedy Parallel Lives on Saturday February 12, four female writers of South Asian descent share gripping storylines as part of the Discovery program with Kali Theater and the Coliseum On Friday February 25, Oldham’s Dare to Know Theater returns with a tragic story of a frightened dementia patient, The Forgotten, on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May, Her Productions of Manchester presents Let Me Count The Ways by Maz Hedgehog on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May, Ben Phillips shares the true story of his quest to discover coming to terms with the legacy of an absent father in The Long Way Home on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June and Joann Condon of Little Britain presents the comedic and inspiring solo show Little Boxes on Saturday 2nd July .

A short walk from the Colosseum, The Bank Top Tavern in Oldham hosts Box Of Tricks’ The Last Quiz Night on Earth on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th March. The Last Quiz Night on Earth was due to premiere at The Bank Top Tavern on Monday March 16, 2020, daytime theaters across the UK have closed ahead of the first national lockdown. Returning almost two years to the day, Alison Carr’s pre-apocalyptic comedy is an interactive game-come-pub-quiz, set the night before an asteroid hits the earth.

As part of a long-term project with the charity run by KaskoSan Roma, the Coliseum presents live and animated jam sessions with Richard O’Neill and Juice Vamosi on Saturday March 12 and Saturday June 4.

Gypsy Jam sessions explore the rich lyrical and performance traditions of Roma and Gypsy Roma cultures, welcoming special guests and providing a platform for new Gypsy, Roma and Traveler talent.

Richard O’Neill is a multi-award winning storyteller, author and playwright born and raised in a large traditional nomadic Roma family whose history in England and Scotland goes back hundreds of years and Juice Vamosi is a Roma activist ( Gypsy), performer, filmmaker, marketing consultant and Gypsy party MC who built the social network KaskoSan in 2010, which now as a charity supports Roma families in Oldham, Bradford and Bolton. Previous Gypsy Jam special guests include world record-breaking drummer Testament, who joined Richard and Juice in September 2021.

From Monday July 18 to Saturday July 23, the Colosseum presents its week-long festival focused on theater training, Cultivate. Previous Cultivate festivals have seen workshops led by the likes of Frantic Assembly, Box Of Tricks Theater and acclaimed late director Chris Honer. With all the details to come, 2022 will see the return of open auditions and sessions led by the best companies and people in the industry.

The summer will also see the theatre’s first Khushi South Asian Arts Festival showcasing works made and inspired by Oldham’s South Asian communities. Created in partnership with The Women’s CHAI Projects, Khushi will bring artists and communities together through a series of dynamic and creative projects.

Last, but certainly not least, the theater hosts its usual mix of special events covering children’s favorites, music, comedy, burlesque and sing along to feature film screenings.

After the production of The Jungle Book by the Easter Coliseum, The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Julia Donaldson takes the stage on Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21.

Sing-a-Long-a presents a double list of hit screenings for the public to attend on Saturday June 11 – The Greatest Showman at 2pm and Dirty Dancing at 7.30pm, the UK’s longest running burlesque show arrives at Oldham on Thursday June 9 and the Coliseum presents its second Queer Cabaret as part of Oldham Pride 2022 on Friday July 22.

The comedy includes Rich Hall performing his acerbic stand-up in his Hoedown Deluxe on Friday 29th April, sought after joke writer Gary Delaney with his brand new show Gary in Punderland on Tuesday 24th May and The Lancashire Hotpots play all their best hits including including Chippy Tea and Shopmobility Scooter on their Chips and Giggles Tour on Saturday April 30.

Additionally, the theater hosts musical tributes to Broadway and West End hits in Beyond the Barricade on Friday May 27, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons in Big Girls Don’t Cry on Friday June 10, The King of Rock and Roll in One Night Of Elvis on Saturday, July 9 and New 80s Romantics in Calling Planet Earth on Wednesday, July 27.

For more information visit: https://www.coliseum.org.uk/

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