Oldham Coliseum Theatre puts spotlight on Greater Manchester’s eclectic fringe theatre scene

OLDHAM Coliseum Theatre’s ‘Main House Takeover’ is putting the spotlight on Greater Manchester’s eclectic fringe theatre scene this month.

The theatre is bringing shows that would usually be seen in studio and fringe venues to Oldham’s historic Main Stage.

The Takeover offers audiences a taste of what they can expect from the flexible 170 seat studio theatre in the new Coliseum on Union Street in 2020.

Chris Lawson, the Coliseum’s Associate Director, commented: “The Main House Takeover provides further support to companies making fresh and interesting work in the North West, giving their shows a bigger platform and wider reach.

“This is also an insight into the new work that you can expect to see championed in the new Coliseum, as shows in the Main House and our new larger studio theatre will complement each other.”

The Effect

Written by multi-award winning writer and creator of ITV2’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Lucy Prebble, The Effect puts romance under the microscope in a north west premiere

It follows psychology student Connie and drifter Tristan as they take part in a clinical drug trial for a new kind of anti-depressant.

When the clinicians up the dosage they find themselves falling for each other but struggle to work out whether their feelings are real or just a side effect.

The Effect will be presented at the Coliseum by Play With Fire, a Manchester City Centre based theatre company co-founded by Artistic Director Daniel Bradford and Producer Hannah Ellis Ryan, currently playing Liz Macdonald’s long-lost daughter, Katie, in Coronation Street.

It takes over the Coliseum’s Main Stage from Tuesday 25 – Thursday 27 September.

Narcissist in the Mirror

Then on Friday, September 28 the Coliseum presents a double bill of Rosie Fleeshman’s Manchester Theatre Award winning Narcissist in the Mirror and the theatre’s pick of this year’s Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, POP by EVENTHORIZON.

Winner of Best New Play at this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards and Best Spoken Word Show at the Greater Manchester Fringe Awards 2017, Narcissist in the Mirror is a dark comedy about life, ambition and millennial expectation.

Narcissist is a love addict, a starving artist and a lost soul searching for self-worth. Laced with acerbic wit, punchy dialogue and intricate spoken word, this is an honest account of self-exploration, as rip-roaring as it is poignant.

Written and performed by Rosie Fleeshman, the show debuted in April 2017 at 53Two in Manchester city centre and has played to back-to-back sell-out audiences and received widespread critical acclaim.


POP by EVENTHORIZON won the Coliseum’s Pick of the Fringe award at this year’s Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

Written and directed by EVENTHORIZON Artistic Director, Wil Hammond, and produced by Creative Producer Sophie Elliott, POP stars Martha Godber and Sade Malone as aspirational young northerners Abbi and Beth.

Abbi and Beth want to be Kate and Naomi, walking the fashion week in Paris or partying with Britpop stars in London. Instead, they’re stuck in a small northern town, incarcerated to pre-fab science labs and cold wet playgrounds.

Taking place over a decade, taking in London and New York, POP’s narrative moves at breakneck speed to a soundtrack of Britpop and Indie music: Blur, Oasis, The Killers and more.

Tickets can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0161 624 2829 or online at www.coliseum.org.uk

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