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.

Open Doors: Greater Manchester Theatres Guide for Artists

Theatres across Greater Manchester have come together to create a new document providing clear and accessible information for developing artists about the opportunities available across Greater Manchester Theatres. 


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.  


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.