Road at Oldham Coliseum

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Road at OIdham Coliseum
Image courtesy of Chris Payne.

Road at Oldham Coliseum, Manchester 16 September — 1 October 2022 Tickets from £7.00 — Book now

Joyous and anarchic, Oldham Coliseum springs to life this September with Jim Cartwright’s Road. Set during Thatcher’s England in the 1980s, the play offers a powerful game-changing snapshot of Lancashire life – still as relevant today as it was when it was first performed over 30 years ago.

Still as relevant today as it was when it was first performed over 30 years ago.

Witty, poetic and moving, Road is a brutal though beautiful piece of theatre that explores the lives of a group of people living on an un-named road, in a deprived, working-class area of Lancashire during the time Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister.

Road at Oldham Coliseum
Image courtesy of Chris Payne.

Now considered a modern classic, Jim Cartwright’s debut play was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1986. Following its success, Road went on to be produced at the Lincoln Centre in New York in 1988, with a cast that included Joan Cusack and Kevin Bacon. With a universal appeal and all-too-relevant themes, the play has won numerous awards including The George Devine Award and the Samuel Beckett Award; it’s also been voted into the top 50 best plays in the history of theatre.

It’s also been voted into the top 50 best plays in the history of theatre.

Road at Oldham Coliseum.
Image courtesy of Chris Payne.

Directed by Gitika Buttoo, who recently directed Love N Stuff at the Coliseum, Road features a strong ensemble of performers. Oldham regular Richard J Fletcher will take the role of narrator and tour guide Scullery alongside Paula Lane, Will Travis, John Askew, Zoe Iqbal, Shaban Dar, Alyce Liburd, Kofi Dennis and Claire Storey.

Of the production, Buttoo told us, “Road is such an iconic story and despite it being set in the 80s I think it’s more relevant now than ever. With the cost of living rising significantly and where we find ourselves as a nation politically and socially – this timely classic captures the grim but true reality of what people’s lives look like when the system has failed. But you’ll have the best night out as these buoyant likeable characters take you for a tour down their road!”

Where to go near Road at Oldham Coliseum

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.

Photo of Stonerig Raceway tracks from above
Tourist Attraction
Stonerig Raceway

Stonerig Raceway in Oldham has seven Scalextric tracks – making for a very unusual day out in Manchester.

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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