Oldham Council is bringing an exciting array of theatre, literature and comedy this autumn for its latest Live@thelibrary programme.

More than 20 performances are taking place throughout September, October and November, at various venues around the borough – with the majority taking place in Oldham Library’s newly-refurbished performance space.

Broadcaster, writer and Parliamentarian Melvyn Bragg will be talking about his new book at The Grange Theatre, in Oldham, on Tuesday, November 10.

Oldham Council Libraries is also pleased to present an afternoon with novelist Louis de Bernières, well known for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, at the Millgate Arts Centre, in Delph, Saddleworth, on Saturday, October 24.

Radical punk poet and folk musician Attila the Stockbroker will be playing his only Greater Manchester gig this year at Oldham Library.

The library welcomes back theatre company Colour the Clouds with their brand new show for children “Maggie and the Song of the Sea” and families can enjoy actor Anthony Pedley’s unique one man show performance of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, among others.

The library has established itself as not only a community hub, but also as a quality cultural venue.

Arts Council funding, totalling £101,724, has been spent upgrading the technical specification of the Performance Space and children’s area.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “Oldham Library has become much more than a place which lends books out – it’s become a popular and modern cultural venue that attracts not just local residents, but visitors from neighbouring authorities and beyond.

“Live@thelibrary is an exciting fixture in the calendar, enticing visits from renowned authors, theatre companies, comedians and poets.

“We believe this programme has something for all ages, showcasing a range of talent, all at an affordable price.”

Tickets for all events are £5 (£4 for library members) and are available by visiting www.oldham.gov.uk/liveatthelibrary. You can also contact the Oldham Coliseum Theatre Box Office direct on 0161 624 2829. Tickets for Louis de Bernieres’ visit are also available at Delph Library.


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