Posts Tagged ‘Octagon’

The Trial

The setting for Trial is Bolton Council Chamber, which immediately creates a sense of legal formality. The play weaves four short plays, written by the four performers, around a verbatim transcript of a woman giving evidence at a trial against a teacher. It’s an effective premise that sets the scene for some complex issues around… Continue Reading →

A Christmas Carol

Looking back to when my children were younger, A Christmas Carol at the Bolton Octagon is the sort of show I would love to have taken them to.  For a start the Octagon is a really welcoming theatre, and the ‘in the round’ setting means you’re close to the action; you can see everything that’s… Continue Reading →

The Threepenny Opera

First performed in 1928, The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill is updated and set in the near future at the coronation of Charles III for Bolton Octagon’s latest production.  The overall feel is gritty, urban, slightly dystopian.  The stage is scaffolded, the band above, the lower level entrance full width of the… Continue Reading →

Bolton Octagon 50th Season

Bolton Octagon

I was fortunate to attend the recent launch of Bolton Octagon’s 50th Anniversary Season, running from August 2017 until August 2018.  Certainly both Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman and Chief Executive Roddy Gauld were very clear that the Octagon is a theatre for Bolton and surrounding areas.  The programming has in the past, and continues to, reflect… Continue Reading →

Winter Hill

Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon is about a group of women who go to a part built hotel development on Winter Hill for a book group, but one of their number has deeper motives. Dense with ideas and imagery, the play looks at the effect of giant buildings on our environment and communities, the role of politics and… Continue Reading →