Oldham Library is joining forces with Oldham Coliseum Theatre to bring a whirlwind programme of live events to the borough.
Live@thelibrary is an exciting journey of adventure, laughter and theatrical drama with new work by theatre companies and artists. Four unique events will take place from February until May, all showcased at Oldham Library’s Performance Space, presented in association with the Coliseum, the town’s iconic theatre company.
An oddball comedy show from the exciting and ridiculous female comedian ‘Cheekykita’ opens the curtain for the first of the fringe-style productions. With Jody Kamali, the alternative comedy clown, both will blow your mind on Thursday, February 20.
Next month, Helen McCarron brings her fast paced interactive show ‘The Runway’, which negotiates the colourful world of fashion with dance, drama and movement. ‘This energetic performance will leave you amazed on Thursday, March 27.
Scriptwriter and poet Anjum Malik will tempt audiences with her fascinating dramatic insight into ordinary people living unforeseen lives. Catch ‘Hidden Stories’, which covers tempestuous themes such as migration, leaving homeland, racism, love and homelessness, on Thursday, April 24.
Writer and performer Lowri Evans presents her own personal experience of working with elderly people with diminishing memory, on Thursday, May 22. Her live scrapbook ‘The Secret Life of You and Me’ finalises this wonderful and surreal programme.
Councillor Jean Stretton, Cabinet Member for Co-operatives and Neighbourhoods, said: “These exciting performances at Oldham Library over the next four months are a powerful example of the co-operative working taking place around the borough. By working collaboratively with Oldham Coliseum, we can provide something fresh and different in a fringe-style environment to our residents and visitors to the area. This is an original idea from Oldham Council Libraries and the Coliseum, and we hope members of the public will enjoy the talented theatre and drama coming to Oldham – all at an affordable price.”
Kevin Shaw, Artistic Director and CEO of Oldham Coliseum Theatre said: “We have always enjoyed a great working relationship with Oldham Library and collaborated on some fantastic events. This new series of Live@thelibrary events will showcase some great theatrical and comedic talent. Staging events outside of a traditional theatre setting is something which we hope will bring this new work to life in a unique way.”
All performances start at 7pm. Tickets £5 (includes a free drink during the interval).
For more information and to book tickets for any of the live@thelibrary performances, please either call 0161 624 2829 or visit www.coliseum.org.uk
Oldham Library is located at the Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL. Just a two-minute walk from the new Oldham Central Metrolink stop.