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Articles relating to: Bolton Octagon Theatre

Harry Long, Dan Parr and Lauren Samuels

Theatre Review: The Big Corner, Bolton Octagon

April 30, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Big Corner, Bolton Octagon

Gleaned from a collection of short stories by Bill Naughton (of Alfie fame) and adapted into a play by Lawrence Till, The Big Corner is a heartfelt homage to life in Bolton when cotton was king.

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The cast of Winter Hill -Photo by Ray Jefferson, Bolton Camera Club- Winter Hill-057

Women writing, women talking, women directing, women acting: Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon

May 2, 2017 Comments Off on Women writing, women talking, women directing, women acting: Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon

Five years ago the head of the new writing department at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre decided, along with her counterparts at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, to work with Salford University to co-deliver an MA course in playwriting.

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The Family Way

Review: The Family Way, Bolton Octagon

September 28, 2015 Comments Off on Review: The Family Way, Bolton Octagon

In Northern England most of life passes in unspoken eloquence.

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Are We There Yet? misty bubble

Are We There Yet? How to solve a problem like arts funding

July 14, 2015 Comments Off on Are We There Yet? How to solve a problem like arts funding

Sarah Eastaff, director of a new theatre company dedicated to making exciting, immersive story-telling experiences for children, writes for Northern Soul about producing theatre in unusual spaces and offers some advice when applying for arts funding.

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Len Johnson – Fighter

Review: Len Johnson ‘Fighter’, Salford

May 16, 2015 Comments Off on Review: Len Johnson ‘Fighter’, Salford

A little less than a year ago, when Len Johnson ‘Fighter’ first appeared as part of the 2014 Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, I enthusiastically commented that “with just a little judicious trimming and a bit more confidence in some of the singing, an already stirring piece could become a truly great show”. Et voilà!

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