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pictured are stake holders attending the party and show of Brassed off at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Pictured are stake holders attending the party and show of Brassed off at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre celebrated their successful ongoing collaboration with two local housing groups with a performance of “Brassed Off” followed by a party attended by residents and staff from Aksa Homes and New Charter.

The special Partners’ Event at the theatre was hosted not only as an excuse for a party and to enjoy the performance of ‘Brassed Off’ but in recognition of the continuation of a new 12 month collaborative partnership with the Coliseum.

The partnership has seen the theatre reach out into the communities that the housing groups both know so well, in providing training and skills to people many of them tenants of the Aska Homes and New Charter.

It is over two years since Aksa Homes commenced the deal and during this period the partnership has positively grown in to an ongoing evolving and responsive collaboration that directly addressed many of Aksa Homes targeted outcomes relating to the skills/employability and wellbeing of their customers.

New Charter Group’s Deputy Chief Executive, Tony Powell said: “Working with the Coliseum has been of great value to us. It has seen young people taught techniques by theatre professionals aimed at improving confidence and public speaking and has introduced many of our customers into the world of theatre which until now may have passed them by.”

Kevin Shaw, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Oldham Coliseum Theatre, said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our collaboration with Aksa Homes and New Charter Group. At the Coliseum we strive to make our theatre a hub for all people from Oldham and the surrounding communities to come together for entertainment, learning and the chance to get involved in creative activities.”

The third year of the partnership will include many of the existing activities including the ladies social and language skills group and the teaching theatre, designed to promote routes to work for 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEETS).

October will see a Space Slam, a two-day project opening up the theatre to mothers and children aged 1-12. Activities will include puppet shows, interactive and mini performances by the group plus crafts, artwork, dance and movement workshops.

The theatre will also work with adults with learning difficulties to deliver a series of theatre workshops complemented by trips to the theatre. The focus of this work will be to promote self-confidence and independence while addressing isolation

The next item to come out of the partnership is a short play to be performed in the education suite of Oldham Coliseum by New Charter residents, on October 19th.