New film reflects on year in lockdown

Oldham Coliseum Theatre has released the first of its Micro Commissions 2021.

Entitled ‘Angel of History’ it is a moving short film by digital artist Grant Archer.

Angel of History is a collaboration with ballerina Nicky Henshall, actress Shobna Gulati and composer Akshay Gulati and explores what it has meant to be a performer during the Covid-19 pandemic, when all regular creative outputs have been restricted.

Filmed on the Coliseum stage, it reflects not only the struggles of the creative industry, but the impact of the health and well-being of society as a whole, and how the events of the past year can be turned into a positive for the future.

Grant said: “The Coliseum have been really supportive and it has been great to experience their shared excitement for bringing a different form of storytelling to the stage, combining dance, film and digital installation.”

Angel of History is available to view on the Coliseum’s website and YouTube channel.

Further commissioned pieces are to be released throughout this month and next.

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