Presidential decree: Barrie chooses plays for new Playhouse 2 season

Barrie Cottam season preview

IT is that time of year again when amateur theatres across Oldham and beyond start to reveal their line-up of plays for the season ahead.

This is another special 12 months for Crompton Stage Society after recently celebrating their 50th anniversary of residency at Playhouse 2 in Shaw.

Awarding theatre veteran Barrie Cottam an honorary presidency to commend his years of dedication to the charity, the Society has now also chosen to dedicate this year’s selection of plays to Barrie.

“I am overwhelmed by the kindness of my friends at Playhouse 2,” said Barrie.

“For my dedication to be recognised by an honorary presidency is one thing, but to have a season of plays dedicated to me is another.

“I love being a member of our production committee and selecting plays.

“Although, it is not without its challenges, as many factors have to be taken into consideration such as acquiring rights, cast availability, and, importantly, whether we think our audiences will like them, amongst other things.

“But on the whole it’s great to see the season being formed from beginning to end.

“I really hope that our audiences will enjoy our choices for this season.”

The season starts in October with lots of laughs as comedy ‘Daisy Pulls It Off’ by Denise Deegan takes to the stage.

This is followed by ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ by Edmond Rostand, adapted by Glyn Maxwell in December.

The first production of 2019 will be ‘Come Blow Your Horn’ by Neil Simon in February.

‘Dear Lupin’ by Roger and Charlie Mortimer and adapted for stage by Michael Simkins in April is the penultimate play before rounding off perfectly with ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ by Nick Newman and Ian Hislop in June.

With something for everyone, it’s a season not to miss.

Season tickets are now available for just £38 – gaining you entry to see all five plays.

Applications are available by going online at: to download a form or visit Interiors, 37 Market Street, Shaw to pick one up in person.

Payment for season tickets can be made in cash, by cheque or by BACS – details are on the application form.

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