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Oldham Coliseum Theatre listings

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Published on March 25th 2010.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre listings

Spring/summer season at Oldham Coliseum Theatre

11 March-3 April
£5-£18.50 or free for Under 26s*

Filled with the music of the1940s, this bitter-sweet comedy is an affectionate and moving picture of the survival of everyday life in turbulent times. In World War II Newcastle, the Stotts are an eccentric family waging their personal battles against the terrifying backdrop of war. Amidst the air raid sirens and fears of poison gas, Mam makes Spam sandwiches, Dad makes his own entertainment, Grandpa mourns his dead whippet, whilst daughters Joyce and Helen discover the joy and heartbreak of first love. C P Taylor’s play gives a voice to the ordinary people of his North East home. He has a unique ability to present momentous historical events through the drama of daily life.

And a Nightingale Sang

9 April-1 May
£5-£18.50 or free for Under 26s*

Up On The Roof is a poignant and affectionate musical comedy which celebrates the enduring power of friendship.

It is 1975 and five students at Hull University are up on the roof of their student digs for the last meeting of ’The Roof Club’ – their a capella singing group who perform doo-wop covers of Motown and soul classics. In between the songs they reveal their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the lives they are about to embark upon. The next ten years sees how their individual journeys, successes and failures, are reflected in the changing relationships within this tight knit group of friends. Whatever the tensions within the group, they disappear whenever they sing - and they always sing, any time, any place, anywhere, from 'Band of Gold' to 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted' and 'Never Can Say Goodbye' to 'Lean On Me' and of course their signature tune 'Up On the Roof'.

4 – 8 May
£5-£18.50 or free for Under 26s*

Funny, sad and cinematic you’ll be amazed at Stick, Frank and Happy Larry as they play many of the pensioners in a total evocation of a bus trip. Touching, funny and provoking comedy written by one of the nation’s leading comedy playwrights, John Godber, who has written over 50 plays.

11-13 May
£5-£18.50 or free for Under 26s*

Rural Gloucestershire, England 1917. Horses pulling ploughs. Charabanc outings to Weston-super-Mare. The frozen white winters and blazing orange summers of memory. Heroic 14-year-old giant Spadge Hopkins. Tyrannical teacher Old Crabby. The warring ancient rival Grannies Trill and Wallon. And of course that first, unforgettable, cider-fuelled encounter in the harvest fields. Laurie Lee’s story puts on record the England that we have traded for the petrol engine in an evocative prose poem that sparkles, winks and wryly smiles.

14 May, 7.30pm

Preening, posing, prancing. Why do we? How do we? Join triple If.comedy Award nominee and member of the presenting team on ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here Now! Russell Kane for an hour of fast-paced, tub-thumping merriment with his Edinburgh 2009 sell out show Human Dressage. Supported by established writer and live performer Sadie Hasler.

Up on the RoofThe Memory of Water

15 May, 7.30pm

From the producers of the smash hit Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music. The campest cult classic of all time gets the Singalonga treatment its been screaming for. Featuring the film starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf and Richard O’Brien, it's the most outrageous, riotous, kitsch, wonderful romp ever. If you’ve done The TimeWarp before, you’ll never have done it quite like this. Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended.

20 May-5 June
£5-£18.50 or free for under 26s*

The Memory of Water is a touching and funny tale about life, love and loss. Set in the surroundings of the Yorkshire coast the play illustrates the ever-changing alliances between three sisters as they try to come to terms with the death of their mother.

As the process of grieving begins the sisters are taken on an emotional and turbulent journey from the memories of their childhood to current day joys and sorrows. While their memories compete for authenticity the three sisters revisit the past in poignant and often hilarious ways.

8-12 June

The much loved cinematic musical comes to the Coliseum stage. Full of all the style and spectacle of a golden age, this production hosts all the comedy routines, dance numbers and songs that have made this story a timeless classic.

17 June-10 July
£5-£18.50 or free for Under 26s

Oldham Coliseum Theatre present the world premiere stage adaptation of the best selling book The Road to Nab End, which tells the remarkable tale of a poverty-stricken childhood which caught the imagination of people throughout the world. The Road to Nab End evokes the hardships and joys of growing up in a northern community during the great depression. From heroic mill workers to a sadistic nun, from an inspirational grandmother to the rector who had an unfortunate meeting with a lion at Skegness Fair, the monument's and memories are full of spirit, humour and a little sadness. The Road to Nab End is a step back in time to the characters of an extraordinary Northern childhood.

The Road to Nab End

22-24 July
£6-£9 or free for Under 26s*

Thought provoking and relevant, Shades Of Grey tells the stories of young people whose lives have been affected by war. At a time when this country is involved in a controversial conflict, this piece of theatre offers new perspectives from which to view the political landscape. Set to a moving and powerful score and performed by some of the most talented young people the North West has to offer, this is as rousing a piece of musical theatre.

*Terms and conditions online

Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Fairbottom Street, Oldham, 0161 624 2829, www.coliseum.org.uk

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