AN EXCITING programme of live events is being brought to the borough by Oldham Council Libraries.
Live@thelibrary will take audiences on an adventure of laughter, fun and theatrical drama with new work by theatre companies and authors.
Three unique events will take place during June and July, all showcased at Oldham Library’s Performance Space.
First up on Saturday, June 13 (1pm-3pm) is Bec and Tom’s Awesome Laundry, an award-winning family comedy sketch show full of slapstick, mirth and make-believe.
The show, created and performed by Tom Goodliffe and CBBC’s Bec Hill (The Dog Ate My Homework), tells a story of friendship, courage and persistence, but is most of all fun.
The duo will blend traditional sketch comedy with story-telling, games and recorded music to create a funny and touching piece designed to entertain and resonate with children (aged five to 11) and adults.
Next up is Burnley-based theatre company Byteback with a new production called “The Wolf Who Cried Boy” which tells the “real” story of the Big Bad Wolf and his quest for acceptance.
Youngsters aged three and above can enjoy a sprinkle of magic, plenty of mayhem and music and puppetry, on Saturday, June 27, from 11am.
Then on Thursday, July 2, Oldham-born writer Dan Thackeray brings his comedy-drama play “Together in Electric Dreams” to the library.
The play will take audiences back to the 1986 when Sir Clive Sinclair, inventor of the pocket calculator and the first ever personal computer and his arch-rival Alan Sugar, manufacturer of the Amstrad, were titans of the computer scene. 7pm start.
All performances will take place in the library’s Performance Space.
Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre recently celebrated an award of £101,724 in funding from the Arts Council.
The money will be used to upgrade the technical specification of the Performance Space and children’s area.
This was on top of an earlier grant of £37,000 from the Arts Council which is helping to deliver the Live@thelibrary programme of theatre, literature, comedy.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “These exciting events continue our live programme of events at our libraries.
“They support our belief that libraries are much more than ‘book lending buildings’.
“Our modern libraries are valuable community resources and our staff strive to provide a wide range of services, facilities and information for residents of all ages.
“I hope residents will come out, have a giggle and support these events with their family.”
Tickets for Bec and Tom’s Awesome Laundry and Together in Electric Dreams are £4 for library members or £5 for non-library members. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is free.
Booking is advised for all events and available by contacting the Oldham Coliseum Theatre Box Office direct on 0161 624 2829 or visiting www.coliseum.org.uk