An August Bank Holiday Lark - Oldham Coliseum - 10th - 14th June

An August Bank Holiday Lark

A Northern Broadsides and New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme Production

A nostalgic summer in Saddleworth

It’s an idyllic summer in 1914. Excitement is building for Wakes week; a rest from field and mill and a celebration of the Rushbearing Festival with singing, courting, drinking and dancing.

The looming war barely registers … but it will.

An August Bank Holiday Lark is a deeply moving drama poised at the tipping point of war. Intensely nostalgic and emotionally rich, this is a story that will both entertain and tug at your heart strings.

Through the lens of traditional rural life you’ll follow the stories of folk with colour, character and charm, and witness their personal transitions from exuberance and touching naivety to a profound and devastating loss of innocence.

Performed by the charismatic cast of actor-musicians that is Northern Broadsides - a northern company with genuine heart and soul - you’ll soon come to see why they are multi-award winning; recognised by audiences and critics alike as one of the finest national touring theatre companies in the land.

“Her sharp and tangy dialogue fizzes along” – York Press on A Government Inspector by Deborah McAndrew and Northern Broadsides.

Ticket Prices

£12.50 - £18.50
Concs: £9.50 - £16.00
Under 26? See the show for just £5

Concessionary rates are available to retired patrons over 60, full-time students, registered unemployed people and eligible people with a disability. Proof of ID is required when buying or picking up tickets. Only one discount per ticket.

If you are a season ticket holder you can buy a ticket for this production at a discounted price - see the Season Ticket offer or ring our box office on 0161 624 2829 for details.

If you feel you are entitled to a concession due to a disability or have specific access requirements please contact the Box Office directly on 0161 624 2829 or at to discuss your visit to the Coliseum.

Post-show Discussion

Find out more about the production after the show on Thursday 12 June (FREE)

Production Information:

Directed by Barrie Rutter

Written by Deborah McAndrew

Book Tickets:



"A wonderful new play" - The Times

"..poignant, warm hearted drama.....hankies at the ready” - Daily Telegraph

"Deeply moving" - The Independent