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Dare to Know Theatre Invites 2022

Oldham Coliseum Theatre (Cultivate Festival) - 21st July 2022

Following the success of Dare to Know Theatre Invites 2021, we were proud top bring back our Invites night and bring the night to Oldham Coliseum Theatre as part of their Cultivate Festival.

This year we showcased brand new work from:

Kenneth Alan Taylor | Blue Balloon Theatre | Nick Maynard | Libby Hall | In Parallel | Urussa Malik | Paris Rogers & Grace Mair


Oldham Rocks the Food Bank

6th November 2021

Dare to Know Theatre were asked to develop three short pieces which highlighted the ongoing food poverty problems in Oldham. The day charity event was supported by local musicians, with the aim of raising funds and awareness for The Oldham Foodbank.

The three pieces, written by Jake Talbot were:

Our Town performed by Jake Talbot

Red Light performed by Jordan Reece

We're Hungry performed by Mark Newsome

Check out our YouTube channel to watch the pieces.

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One for Sorrow, Two for Joy

Grange Theatre, Oldham - 22nd & 23rd July 2021

Dare to Know Theatre presents, their first ever community play, One for Sorrow, Two for Joy. A story of connection, community and belonging.

Talia, fresh from care is dropped into a new town with basically nothing but the clothes on her back. With a longing to belong, Talia can’t quite seem to let go of her past. 

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy was the kind of project we set out to create, when we first decided to found Dare to Know Theatre. Working with the local community to create brand new theatre, members of said local community. The play had a cast of 30, ranging from up and coming actors, to members of the community that had never stepped foot on stage before.

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Dare to Know Theatre Invites 2021

Grange Theatre, Oldham - 20th July 2021

After 16 months of uncertainty, we wanted to give some of our favourite artists, theatre companies, theatre makers and writers the opportunity to showcase and try out new work.

We love Dare to Know Theatre invites, because it allows us the opportunity, to unearth talent in our local community, as well as bringing established new writing talent, theatre companies and actors to perform on Oldham Stages.

Following the success of Dare to Know Theatre Invites, we endeavour to make the night a yearly event.

This year we invited:

Nana-Kofi Kufour | Zoe Iqbal | Joe Walsh | Liberty Rep | The Film Shed


Dare to Know Theatre Mentees

Noah Tomlin | Caitlin Cribbin


A Broken Family, Together

A Broken Family, Together is a digital verbatim play, commissioned as part of Oldham Coliseum's Micro Commissions, the play is a culmination of the words spoken to us by health care professionals working in ICU wards at Oldham Royal Hospital, celebrating and documenting the dedication and heroism that nurses, doctors, porters, managers, volunteers and more people have shown throughout the pandemic.

It is hoped that the piece will echo the feelings inside hospitals around the country, exemplifying the need for support and understanding about the pressures healthcare workers are facing.

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An intelligent yet naïve sixteen-year-old (Josh), with extreme views on mental health, claims that suicide is selfish. However, as his world crumbles around him, he begins to spiral out of control.

"A thought-provoking and involving play" - British Theatre Guide

"A Powerful Piece of Theatre"

- Reviewer Number Nine

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