Win a bottle of Pimms and a pair of tickets to Relatively Speaking at Oldham Coliseum. 

This spring Oldham Coliseum Theatre presents a new production of Alan Ayckbourn’s first West End hit, Relatively Speaking. The Coliseum’s production is directed by Robin Herford, who performed in the 1977 revival of the same play, directed by Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

This comedy of misunderstanding involves two couples, one young and co-habiting and one older, married and fraught. When inexperienced Greg finds a pair of strange slippers under the bed, he decides to follow girlfriend, Ginny, thinking that she is visiting her parents. What follows is a hilarious combination of twists, turns and confusion, plus a smattering of infidelity.

Relatively SpeakingRelatively Speaking first opened in July 1965 as Meet My Father at the Library Theatre, Scarborough, directed by Stephen Joseph. On 29 March 1967 it transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End, where, under the new title of Relatively Speaking, it ran for more than 350 performances. In 1969 it became the first of Ayckbourn’s plays to be adapted for television.    

Best known as the director of the phenomenally successful stage adaptation of The Woman in Black, Robin Herford spent much of his early career working with Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and has appeared in the original production of more Ayckbourn plays than any other actor. He was appointed Associate Director at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1979 and was Artistic Director from 1986 to 1988, whilst Ayckbourn was Company Director at the National Theatre.

How to enter 

To be in with a chance of winning a bottle of Pimms and a pair of tickets to Relatively Speaking at Oldham Coliseum, all you have to do is sign up to the Northern Soul newsletter (details of how to do this are on the right-hand side of the page) and send an email to with the title ‘Relatively Speaking’.

Closing date: April 24, 2018

Winners will be picked at random and notified by: April 24, 2018


Relatively Speaking is showing at Oldham Coliseum from April 20 – May 5, 2018.

Tickets can be booked on 0161 624 2829 or at