Manchester based theatre company, Play With Fire Productions is putting romance under the microscope with their new production of The Effect as part of the Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Main House Takeover.

Written by multi-award winning playwright, Lucy Prebble (best known for writing Secret Diary of a Call Girl for ITV2), The Effect first premiered at the National Theatre, starring Billie Piper, in 2012. Now, Play With Fire are bringing the funny and moving play to Oldham from 25th September – 27th September.

The Effect
The Effect

The Effect is a funny, moving and surprisingly human play that explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction. It follows the story of Psychology student Connie, and drifter, Tristan, who agree to take part in a clinical drug trial for a new kind of anti-depressant. When the clinicians up the dosage, they find themselves falling for each other, but struggle to work out whether the feelings are real or just a side effect raising the question can love, a naturally occurring chemical reaction, be created medicinally?

Play With Fire are thrilled to be bringing The Effect to Oldham Coliseum as part of their Main House Take Over which allows audiences to get a taste of what they can expect from the flexible 170 seat studio theatre that will form part of the new Coliseum building on Union Street in 2020 by putting shows that would usually be seen in the studio onto the main stage. The takeover places the spotlight on the very best of Greater Manchester’s eclectic fringe theatre scene and Play With Fire are no strangers to theatrical excellence.

The Manchester based theatre company is co-founded by Artistic Director, Daniel Bradford and Producer, Hannah Ellis Ryan, who is also currently playing Liz MacDonald’s long-lost daughter, Katie, in Coronation Street. They push the limits of independent production in Manchester, giving stories to the invisible, telling great stories and daring greatly.

Wild Things Drama
Wild Things Drama

Their latest offering The Effect is preceded by a pre-show performance by Wild Things Drama who provides inclusive drama education to young people in Oldham. They will be performing a 15 minute piece, The Price, which is a response to The Effect. The Price is directed by Lily Bills, a member of Wild Things. This will start at 7pm with The Effect starting straight afterwards.

Tickets are priced at £16 or £12 for concessions. They also have a limited supply of tickets for under 26s costing just £7. For more information and to book call the Oldham Coliseum on 0161 624 2829 or visit



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