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Kenneth Alan Taylor dares to know


Dare to Know's Jake Talbot and Miranda Parker
Dare to Know's Jake Talbot and Miranda Parker

Former Oldham Coliseum artistic director and chief executive Kenneth Alan Taylor returns to the Oldham institution to present a section of a new work for Dare to Know Theatre Invites 2022.

Kenneth (right), who has appeared in over 320 productions at the theatre since arriving there in 1959, this time directs part of his own new play – perhaps ironically titled One Day I’ll Be Famous.

The company’s Invitation night is an annual evening of new work by Dare to Know’s favourite local artists, which this year runs on July 21 alongside the theatre’s Cultivate Festival.

Jake Talbot said: “Our invitation night is one of our favourite events in the calendar, and it gets bigger each time. Kenneth’s involvement this year goes to show how much we have developed: he’s a true gentleman of theatre and his expertise will be invaluable to the other artists involved in the evening.”

Alongside One Day I’ll Be Famous, Manchester company Blue Balloon Theatre will present See it, Say it, Sorted?, which explores online dating and sexual assault through musical storytelling, comedy and original songs; Salford writer Libby Hall will give a first staging of her new work 413 Liverpool Street; Manchester playwright Nick Maynard will share his short monologue Passing Time; new Oldham theatre company In Parallel will present new work Make-up by Dan Costello; playwright Paris Rogers and Grace Mair present their new comedy The Train; Urussa Malik presents Make a Myth, and Dare to Know will share the opening of new community play Leap of Faith, written by Jake Talbot and directed by Miranda Parker, which explores small-town mentality.


Find out more about the evening here, or get tickets here