We are producing Ashes to express the struggle that many people face when trying to conceive a child. Through this production we hope to encourage constructive conversations about the difficulties people face, the challenging circumstances that many find themselves in and to explore the bigger questions surrounding fertility treatment.
Want to know more about the storytellers of this year's festive show at the Octagon? Well, keep your eyes peeled for each new profile, they tell you all about the mischievous Whiskers, Teeth, Tail, Ears and Claws.
During Captioning Awareness Week, we aim to help raise awareness of captioning within the theatres. Audiences with various forms of hearing loss could have their theatrical experiences transformed by captions and live subtitles. We spoke to our Captioner Claire McIntyre about captioning performances and why it's such an important service for our audiences and to the theatre industry.
At the Octagon, we are always striving to push the boundaries of theatre and to hear from perspectives that we don't often hear from. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is at the centre of the story but we never truly see things from his point of view. That's why we commissioned three writers to write one full scene each, telling the story through Tom's eyes.
To create Maycomb here at the Octagon is not without its challenges, especially when the auditorium is in-the-round. We spoke to award-winning designer Amanda Stoodley, who has captured Scout Finch's world with a beautiful set and carefully crafted costumes.