Indulge your senses with the taste, rhythm and spirit of South Asian culture at Southbank's ALCHEMY at Oldham Coliseum Theatre on 23 May 2015.
Join us for a series of one-off collaborations and unique events in partnership with Southbank Centre, Cast in Doncaster and Black Country Touring that promises to spice up Oldham like nothing else this year!
Southbank Centre’s Alchemy is an annual festival exploring the cultural links between the UK and South Asia. This year, Alchemy goes national, with each venue presenting a local festival including five incredible shows.
Variety is the Spice (7:30pm)
An evening of music, dance and comedy featuring Britain’s Got Talent finalists Signature, YouTube sensation Hussnain Lahori, emerging UK artists AlphaNomega and comedian Mani Liaqat. Hosted by Marcus Nisar, Variety is the Spice follows over a century of variety shows enthralling audiences at the Oldham Coliseum.
The Coliseum Bazaar on Yorkshire Street (All Day)
For one day only Yorkshire Street in the centre of Oldham will transform into a magnificent Asian Street Market with exciting tastes, crafts and gifts on offer. Come along and savour the rich atmosphere with a range of hand-picked stalls and street performers.
Occasionally We Skype (2pm)
From the Sonia Sabri Company and Black Country Touring comes a fusion of Kathak dance, live music and theatre with cutting edge digital technology.
United Colours of FrustrAsian (4pm)
It’s a party that everyone is invited to, as five artists take a witty and poignant journey into their identities. Featuring performances from Inder Goldfinger (Fun-Da-Mental) and Ezra Khan (Trespass Against Us).
Knives, Forks and Fingers (12pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm)
Developed by comic and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kholi. There’s a community spirit at the heart of Knives, Forks and Fingers as The Women’s Chai Morning Group from Oldham and residents of Aksa Homes join storytellers from Doncaster, London and the Black Country for this event with delicious free food tasters.
Nirbhaya (1-2 June at The Grange Arts Centre, Oldham, 7pm)
Following rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, the dramatization of Nirbhaya’s compelling real life story appears for two nights only.
For more information, visit www.coliseum.org.uk/plays/alchemy
Box office: 0161 624 2829 www.coliseum.org.uk