"The play’s the thing!"
We are passionate about telling stories at the Octagon and at the beginning of many of the greatest stories is a piece of paper, a pen and, most importantly of all, a writer.
Theatres need new work to thrive and grow, and we believe that participating in writing has the power to enrich and change lives for the better. We develop talent across all levels of writing, from our proud tradition of commissioning new work in our main auditorium to encouraging local novice writers to share their scripts for the very first time.
Best of Bolton
This fantastic celebratory annual festival of local talent showcases the very best of writing from home grown Bolton writers. We’d love to hear your story! Submissions can be in any short form – story, poem, monologue, sketch, a short extract from a novel or play, but no more than three minutes long (approximately 400 words).
The next Best of Bolton event will scheduled soon please check back for more details.
Please submit your work marked Best of Bolton by email to email@example.com.
Top Five Festival
We simply cannot read all the scripts that are sent to us, so for most of the year we do not accept unsolicited scripts. But once a year we open a script-reading window during 2 months of October and November for people who have just started writing, to professional scriptwriters, to submit scripts - and these scripts will all be read.
From the open window we will select five of the best to be performed in our Studio by professional actors script-in-hand in our annual Top Five Festival.
“The Octagon provides unique and real opportunities for local writers at all levels - from beginners to the more experienced. I've been fortunate enough to develop work with the artistic team, to see it performed, to attend rehearsals and workshops, and to build a solid and, I hope, long-lasting relationship with the theatre.” Ian Townsend (featured writer from 2016 Top 5 Festival).
This year the window is open for the whole of October and November. So - if you have a really great script lying around on your laptop, in a drawer somewhere, or even still in your head - send it to us at between Sat 1 October - Wed 30 November, 5pm.
National Octagon Prize
For those of you who want to have a go at becoming the new Naughton, Churchill, Agbaje or Miller, we are thrilled to host our annual National Octagon Prize! Judged by a panel of industry professionals the winning submissions (from our first annual prize) will be performed in our season of new writing - First Words.
Entries will be open from Thu 1 November 2017 to Tue 26 February 2018 for our second annual prize, where we will be asking for submissions of new dualogues, celebrating the Octagon’s anniversary season and our history of producing one of the most famous dualogues ever, TWO.