Oldham Coliseum Education Partnership Scheme

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is a building-based producing theatre, dating back to 1885.  It is a well-attended venue in the North West of England that produces 8 in-house shows a year and is also a receiving house for a variety of visiting companies and artists. In January 2013 the Trustees of the Foundation awarded a one-off grant to Oldham Coliseum giving 450 pupils aged 16-18 from surrounding schools and colleges the opportunity to attend workshops and learn all aspects of technical theatre, acting, directing, set design and musical theatre.  The workshops will provide career pathways and count towards the attainment of the Trinity College Arts Award qualification.  In addition, 30 teachers and lecturers will benefit from taking part in career development and vocational training. The Trustees were particularly impressed by the opportunities students will be given to participate in a working theatre together with the aim for schools to continue elements of the programme in the long term.