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Oh What a Lovely War – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Barbara-Hockaday-Lauryn-Redding

Book & Music: Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles,  and members of the original cast Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Jo Beggs When Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop conceived what was to become their most lasting piece of theatre, the Second World War was still a vivid memory for most of the cast. Littlewood herself had lived through two, having ...

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Meat Pie, Sausage Roll – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Music and Lyrics: Carol Donaldson Writers: Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Donna Kelly The Lancashire town of Oldham is known for many things, cotton mills, the invention of the tubular bandage and birth place of scientist Professor Brian Cox to name but a few. But in the late 1980s and early 1990s it was town's football ...

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Our Gracie – Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Sue Devaney as Gracie Fields

Writer: Philip Goulding Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Donna Kelly 37 years after her death, Dame Gracie Fields’ extraordinary life story is brought to life in a brand-new stage production written for Oldham Coliseum and New Vic Theatre. The former mill girl from Rochdale rose to international fame in 1931 with Sally In Our Alley, the film which featured her signature ...

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Mother Goose – Oldham Coliseum

Music: Dave Bintley Writer: Fine Time Fontayne and Kevin Shaw Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Oldham Coliseum is renowned for kicking off the pantomime season and doing it in style. This year’s production of Mother Goose does not disappoint. The story tells of how Mother Goose (Fine Time Fontayne) is about to be thrown out of her cake shop ...

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Hot Stuff – Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

  devisers: Paul Kerryson and Maggie Norris Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Steve Davies   Walking into the auditorium at the Oldham Coliseum the audience is greeted by a lavish, gold, sparkling Hell’s Mouth framed by a stage full of opulence. This is the Faustian tale of a simple lad, Joe Soap, played by Benjamin Stratton who is tempted by the ...

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Dreamers – Oldham Coliseum

Music: Carol Donaldson Book: Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Dreamers is most definitely a trip down memory lane. As the 1990s slip every increasingly in to the past, this show sets about reminding the audience of a time where nightclubbing was about cheap drinks, great music and living for the weekend. No mobile phones, ...

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The Mist in the Mirror – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Author: Susan Hill Adapted by: Ian Kershaw Director: Kevin Shaw Composer: James Hamilton Producer: Oldham Coliseum Theatre and imitating the dog Reviewer: Rich Jevons Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s co-production with the irrepressibly talented imitating the dog is based on Susan Hill’s second full-length ghost story. This follows the success of The Woman in Black which was made into a Hammer Horror ...

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Hindle Wakes – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Stanley Houghton Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Hindle Wakes is a local play with a lot of history. This production captures the essence of the themes of the piece and if some of them have lost their resonance, there is still plenty here to engage an audience. The play opens with Fanny Hawthorn’s parents ruminating over her ...

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