Oldham Coliseum is holding a free ‘Fun Palace’ on Saturday 7 October, giving people of all ages the chance to peek behind the scenes to explore the science of theatre and the theatre of science.
The ‘Fun Palace’ will have activities for all the family including: lighting and sound demonstrations, scale models, and acting and directing workshops.
There will also be the opportunity to make your own musical instruments and pantomime costumes, a science themed performance, a selfie station, balloon races, face painting and science themed drinks in the theatre’s award-winning Stalls Bar.
The Coliseum is one of more than 300 Fun Palaces across the UK set to erupt with free and fun activities celebrating culture in local communities.
Fun Palaces believe in the genius in everyone and that creativity in the community can change the world for the better.
The Fun Palace was originally conceived by theatre legend Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price in the 1960s as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and a ‘university of the streets’.
The Fun Palaces campaign was launched on 6 October 2014, the day that would have been Joan Littlewood’s 100th birthday, with over 140 Fun Palaces held across the UK, and a further seven internationally.
The campaign has grown year on year since then with hundreds of free Fun Palaces held on the first weekend of October.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Fun Palace takes place on Saturday 7 October between 11am and 4pm. This is a free event and there is no need to book. Find out more on their website.
Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre are also hosting a Fun Palace on Saturday 7 October, giving visitors to Oldham town centre the opportunity to take part in more free and fun activities with just a short walk between the two venues.