Seven artists selected for Oldham Coliseum Micro Commissions 2021
By Steve Cooke
Oldham Coliseum Theatre have announced seven artists selected for Micro Commissions to create new work designed for audiences and participants to experience online.
Exploring themes of health and wellbeing, local stories, or work for and with young people from Oldham, the selected works respond to the world as we live in it today, almost one year on from the beginning of the pandemic.
The works include: Joyce Branagh’s The Newcomer – exploring the true story of a survivor of a Polish WWII concentration camp who came to Oldham aged 12, Jade Williams’s creativity and wellbeing project for young people inspired by Black British history, Grant Archer’s investigation of how lockdown has affected people working in the creative industry, Tori Burgess’s audio drama A Tale of Two Giants - based on the Saddleworth folk tale of Alphin and Alder, Dare to Know Theatre’s community verbatim piece The Wobble Room, Caitlin Gleeson’s One Foot In Front Of The Other – exploring health and wellbeing through the lens of walking, and Chloe Heywood and Rowan Prescott’s piece about growing up in a poverty cycle in Oldham.
The seven new works will be released throughout the Spring months of 2021.
A highly recommended watch.