OLDHAMERS are invited to nominate people who have achieved something great or overcome something challenging during the coronavirus crisis for a special message from Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Dame Dotty Trott.

This year Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s nationally renowned pantomime has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis, as it is not possible to present it with social distancing.

It is the first time in decades that there will not be a pantomime at the Coliseum.

Messages from the Dame is one of a series of offers from the Coliseum designed to help keep some panto magic alive in Oldham in 2020.

Nominees for Messages from the Dame could be someone who works for the NHS, a teacher, a neighbour, a co-worker, volunteer or simply a good Samaritan.

Nominations can be made by completing a submissions form, which can be downloaded from the Coliseum website, and returning it to the theatre by Wednesday, December 2.

Messages from the Dame - played by Richard J Fletcher - will be unique for each successful nominee, recorded on video and shared via a link.

There are 20 messages available and nominees will be selected from all submissions by the Coliseum.

The Coliseum’s other digital festive offers include Advent Plays, a little sprinkle of Christmas perfect to watch whilst you eat the chocolate out of your calendar at home, released daily across the theatre’s social media channels, and Panto Digital Storytelling, which will run online from Saturday, December 12 to Saturday, January 2, giving audiences the opportunity to invite Dame Dotty Trott and Cinderella into their homes for unique tellings of their famous tales.

Panto Digital Storytelling: Jack and the Beanstalk and Panto Digital Storytelling: Cinderella star Coliseum pantomime favourite actors Richard J Fletcher and Shorelle Hepkin.

The pre-recorded videos were written by Chelsea Morgan, directed by Rachel McMurray and filmed and edited by the Coliseum’s Digital Associate Grant Archer.