Coliseum Digital Advent Plays return for 2021

Back by popular demand, Oldham Coliseum Theatre will once again air a short festive play on its Social Media channels each day from Wednesday 1 – Friday 24 December.


Advent Plays are a little sprinkle of Christmas, lasting just a few minutes, perfect to watch whilst you eat the chocolate from your advent calendar. They are released each morning across the Coliseum’s YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels and are also available once released on the theatre’s website. 


In 2020, whilst the theatre was closed due to restrictions relating to the pandemic, the Coliseum produced the first Advent Plays series as part of a package of online festive offers for audiences of all ages. The series of short plays filmed on the theatre’s cosy living room set were viewed online over 29,000 times.


Now in 2021, with pantomime back on the Coliseum stage and already garnering a string of four-star reviews (The Guardian, Northern Soul, Upstaged Manchester), the theatre’s team have curated, filmed and edited another 24 short festive plays. The Coliseum’s theatrical advent calendar is the perfect pick-me-up on those chilly December mornings.


2021’s Advent Plays have been written by a mix of established writers, Coliseum associate artists, new voices and young talent. They are performed by 24 professional actors – including the Coliseum’s Pantomime Dame Richard J Fletcher fresh off the stage - plus a cameo from the theatre’s Artistic Director Chris Lawson.

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