Casting call for new theatre performance in Oldham and Rochdale

Rugby League Cares is on the look-out for performers and volunteers to help bring to life an exciting new piece of theatre which tells the story of the special relationship between Rugby League and the towns of Oldham and Rochdale.

The play, ‘Rugby League in the Blood’, is currently at the final draft stage and is based on the shared memories of members of the public from both communities.

It will be showcased with four performances in October, and RL Cares, the sport’s charity, is looking for local people to get involved in the production at every level, from performing to stage management, and ushers to backstage assistants.

The community cast call takes place on Monday June 19 at the Oldham Coliseum at 6.30pm, when writer Mick Martin, who is producing the play, will be on hand to discuss the various roles.

Mick, whose works include Once Upon a Time in Wigan, and Broken Time, which tells the story of rugby’s great split in 1895, has been working with local volunteers to produce the play’s script for Rugby League in the Blood.

The writers have accessed a memory bank of reminiscences and stories about Rugby League in Oldham and Rochdale collected from local people by a Rugby League Cares project, From Stories to Stage.

“It’s been a fantastic process and we have gathered some brilliantly evocative memories which Mick and his fellow writers are turning into a thrilling piece of theatre,” said RL Cares’ heritage consultant Trizia Wells.

“We are now at the stage where we need local people to come forward and help us bring Rugby League in the Blood to life.

“There are lots of opportunities to get involved and it’s something everyone can be part of: you don’t need previous experience of the theatre or acting, and you don’t have to be a Rugby League fan.”

Rugby League in the Blood will premiere at Touchstones Gallery in Rochdale on Wednesday October 18 as part of the town’s 2017 Literature Festival and will then be performed at the Flying Horse in Rochdale (October 25), Oldham Library (October 26) and the Mahdlo Centre, Oldham (October 27).

Anyone interested in becoming involved in Rugby League in the Blood is asked to attend the community cast call on Monday, or contact Trizia on 07903 300386 or email

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