Artist Development

Stories can be told in a multitude of ways, from an elegant speech to a look in someone’s eyes. At the Octagon we want to develop new talent to tell the best stories from across the world to our audiences in Bolton and beyond. Through our support and development of emerging artists and theatre-makers we are bringing some exciting new work to our stages as well as the streets of Bolton.

Til Death Do Us Part - REVEAL 2017
Til Death Do Us Part - REVEAL 2017

"It is always exciting to be part of a bulk of young new creatives. It makes you feel like you are not alone!"

Brennan Reece

REVEAL Festival

Our annual REVEAL Festival showcases a range of original and new work created by local and emerging theatre makers. The Festival brings together a diverse mix of artists and theatre companies to put on a wide-ranging selection of exciting and engaging performances, experiences and events inside, outside and online at the Octagon.  

Submissions are now open for online and site-specific projects for our 2018 festival!

Find out more below and how to apply site-specific projects: 

SITE-SPECIFIC SUBMISSIONS FOR REVEAL 2018

 Find out more below and how to apply for online submissions: 

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS FOR REVEAL 2018

SUPPORTED ARTISTS

Every year we seek to support artists who we have identified as having passion and raw talent and would benefit from the mentoring support and advice from our artistic team. This year we are supporting Cara Novotny - find out more about Cara and her work below. 

Cara Novotny - profile