Double-Ender at Oldham Coliseum

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Double-Ender at various venues
Image courtesy of Lee Baxter.

Double-Ender at Oldham Coliseum, Manchester 14 October 2021 Tickets from £5.00 — Book now

“Who owns history?” and “Who gets to share it?” are the subjects up for discussion in Double-Ender, a new theatre double-bill by Initiative Arts. Touring the North of England this autumn, you can catch Double-Ender at Oldham Coliseum this October.

The result of a new collaboration between visual artist Jez Dolan (V&A, British Museum) and award-winning playwright Joshua Val Martin (Bruntwood Prize, Royal Exchange Theatre), Double-Ender serves up two dynamic and entertaining monologues. Personal, candid, and sometimes down-right funny, Martin and Dolan share stories about Queer people throughout the ages and their personal accounts of living in a rapidly regenerating city.

A fascinating, charming and laugh-out-loud funny evening.

Manchester tour guide, Joshua Val Martin’s monologue tells the story of the Free Manchester Walking Tours he set up six years ago. He’ll entertain you with his stories of meeting tourists who are heading to fetish nights; taking in the city’s sights with the Uruguayan rugby team, and a chance encounter with Noel Gallagher. He’ll also reflect on the time a rival tour company started up and he found himself dragged into the politics of city tours. Sucked into the dark underbelly of warring tours, Joshua is given a chance to examine history and identity, and unpick who has the ultimate claim to the story of a city.

Audiences will also leave the performance with a few cheeky Polari phrases up their sleeves too.

The second part of the show is part stand-up, part-lecture performance. Your fabulous host Jez Dolan shares the story of Polari, the subversive and lost language of Queer men spoken in gay pubs and secret spaces before the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Dolan will explain all about the coded language and its place in Queer history – both as a disguise and also as a space for expression and pride. Audiences will leave the performance with a few cheeky Polari phrases up their sleeves too.

Recommended for ages 14+, Double-Ender is a contemporary theatre show offering a fascinating, charming and laugh-out-loud funny evening. Perfect for anyone interested in LGBTQIA+ history and the evolution of Manchester.

Double-Ender at Oldham Coliseum, Manchester 14 October 2021 Tickets from £5.00 Book now


Session Features
14 October 2021
7:30pm — 10:00pm

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

Where to go near Double-Ender at Oldham Coliseum

Event venue
Hack Oldham

Hack Oldham is an event space that also offers co-working, community groups and crafting in the heart of Oldham.

Gallery Oldham, in Oldham Cultural Quarter
Gallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham provides a wide range of exhibitions and activities targeted at different audiences of all ages within Oldham and the surrounding area.

The Yoga Seed Oldham
The Yoga Seed Oldham

The Yoga Seed is an intimate studio just outside of Oldham town centre. Run by Sharon it offers small classes including a men only class.

Epic Apart Hotel

The Epic Apart Hotel offers 14 serviced apartments – and is bang-slap in the middle of the Ropewalks district, right behind FACT.

Middleton Arena

The Arena has a regular programme of arts and entertainment including live music, concerts, comedy and dances with stage shows and national tours. With two licensed bars this is the perfect location for a great night out.

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