Joyce Branagh - Writer & Director

In the Edwardian boomtown of Oldham, Sarah Rosebury, a local Music Hall comedienne, must find her young brother Sidney –  he’s only gone and signed up to serve in the army!  She must stop telling her tall tales, stop singing her silly songs, and go and rescue him.  He’s just turned 15, he’s in danger, and it’s all Sarah’s fault…
Helped by her friends, she sets off to the battle frontline of 1915 France to save him, meeting other wonderful women from Oldham along the way…
Boomtown Gals by Joyce Branagh is a mix of fact and fiction:
An incredible heroic quest of a play, peppered with songs, and filled with humour - based on the real women, and their amazing true stories, discovered through local research.
Directed by award-winning Alyx Tole, Original Music from Cameron Mackintosh Bursary winner Kieran Buckeridge, with set and costume design by Olivia Du Monceau.

This is a one act play, followed, after the interval, by an optional 
Q & A session, talking through the research and true life tales behind the play.

REVIEWS:        Oldham Chronicle

   *      LIBRARIES  Tickets for these venues are free, but must be booked by calling 0161 770 8000 or  visiting: Live@TheLibrary

     ‡         OLDHAM COLISEUM  Tickets are £6  call 0161 624 2829 or visit:  

  **        TODMORDEN HIPPODROME Tickets for Todmorden Hippodrome are £6.00 (plus booking fee).  Visit:

    †        LEEDS UNIVERSITY & HEBDEN BRIDGE LITTLE THEATRE Tickets are £6 (plus booking fee)and can be booked through Eventbrite:


Fri 2 Sept                  2.30pm            Oldham Library*
Sat 3 Sept                  2.30pm            Oldham Library*

Mon 5 Sept                11.00am          Hyde Town Hall*

Tues 6 Sept                11.00am          Chadderton Library*
                                2.30pm            Failsworth Library*

Wed 7Sept                 2.30pm            Lees Library*
                                5.30pm            Fitton Hill Library*

Thurs 8 Sept              11.00am          Crompton Library*
                                2.30pm            Royton Library*

Fri 9   Sept                 4.00pm            Oldham Coliseum Studio‡
                                 7.30pm            Oldham Coliseum Studio‡

Sat 10th Sept             7.30pm            Hebden Bridge Little Theatre†

Tues 13 Sept              2.00pm            Limehurst Library*

Wed 14 Sept              10.30am          University Centre Oldham*

Thurs 15 Sept            6.00pm            Banham Theatre, Leed Uni †

Friday 16 Sept           2.30pm            Uppermill Library*
                                7.30pm            Todmorden Hippodrome**

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