Discover new worlds, comedy and languages as part of live@thelibrary

OLDHAM’S live@thelibrary programme is back and whether you like comedy, action, adventure or une pincée de cinéma français there is something for all tastes and ages. 

The new programme, now in its eleventh season, will celebrate comedy legends and re-visit comedic TV shows through various performances with another Sitcom Festival.

Don’t miss Next Page Production’s show Funny Girls on Tuesday, July 9 where they’ll be looking back at two national treasures, Victoria Wood and Joan Sims.

If you’re an aspiring comedy writer then the ‘How to Write a Sitcom’ workshop with comedic writer Jenny Roche on Thursday, July 11 is for you.

Take a trip down memory lane on Friday, July 12 as John Hewer gives an interactive talk about the classic Carry On films followed by a celebration of Last of the Summer Wine.

There is also plenty of shows for the kids to get lost in, including The Flying Bath on Saturday, May 11, a story about a bunch of mischievous bath toys who go on an adventure.

Help Mole and Gecko create their interactive rap show with their weasel who has a biscuit problem, (yes, a biscuit problem!), on Wednesday, May 29 at 12noon and 2pm for ages 5+.

Little explorers can join Quinn on her journey to navigate round the supermarket for the show Adventure on Aisle 3! on Saturday, June 1 and Wednesday 5.

For adults interested in history, don’t miss The Riot Act, a performance about the tragic Peterloo Massacre on Saturday, June 1 and Wednesday 5.

As part of the live@thelibrary ‘Open Space’ programme a group of enthusiasts for all things French have come together to introduce the Little French Cinema.

Immerse yourself in a different language and enjoy two shows – Un Prohete on Thursday, May 2 and Les Choristes on Thursday, July 4. All screenings will be shown in French with English subtitles.

Sheena McFarlane, Head of Heritage, Library and Arts, Oldham Council, said:“Our live@thelibrary programme grows from strength to strength every year and again we’ve been able to assemble a first rate line up that has something for everyone.

“I hope that everyone enjoys the festival and by joining in, festival-goers will discover the wide range of services, activities and information that libraries offer under one roof.”

Booking is essential for all events, including those without a charge. For times and locations for all of the shows, visit the live@thelibrary website:

Children under 12 months are free and accompanying adults must book a ticket to attend children’s performances.

Oldham Library is located on Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL (attached to Gallery Oldham).

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