Education at the Octagon

Access to the arts can have a transformative and lasting effect on many aspects of young people's lives, helping those with behavioural difficulties, enhancing community pride and increasing overall academic attainment.

The Octagon can provide bespoke Education sessions for both Primary and Secondary schools, creating stimulating, challenging, culturally relevant educational resources that encourage creativity and breed a love of theatre.


Across our programme of events, we have great shows suitable for schools, from our family festive show to Shakespeare to set GCSE texts.


  • Save up to £6.50 per ticket
  • 1 free teacher for every 15 pupil tickets purchased (1 in 10 for our festive show)
  • BOOK NOW AND PAY LATER (payment required 2 months before your visit)

Prices vary across the year – visit our show pages for exact details.


Alice in Wonderland. Photo credit Ian Tilton
Alice in Wonderland. Photo credit Ian Tilton

Workshops can be run in conjunction with our main auditorium shows; these sessions will be a practical exploration of the issues raised in the text. We can also provide workshops that creatively explore issues and topics that are covered in PSHE.

To find out more or to book, contact a member of our team call 01204 556501 or

Teachers’ Forum

Look Back in Anger. Photo credit Robert Day
Look Back in Anger. Photo credit Robert Day

We regularly hold Teachers' Forum events and are always looking to recruit more individuals who work in education to attend. Membership for our Teachers' Forum is completely free, it is an opportunity to share ideas and issues with like-minded professionals, as well as to enjoy free invites to Octagon productions. We will also keep you up to date on any professional development and education opportunities that the Theatre may offer.

To become a member of the Teachers' Forum please email Imogen Woolrich, Education Practitioner on including your name, job title and school name.

Arts Award and Artsmark

Arts Award

We love Arts Award!

Arts Award is a nationally recognised, incredibly flexible qualification that recognises achievements in the Arts. It’s something that young people aged 5-25 can offer, and is a great way to enhance current curriculum learning, or to accredit extra-curricular or out of school activities.

If you would like the Octagon to support your Arts Award work, or if you’d simply like to find out more, please email 


We are in a brilliant position to support you if your school is thinking of going for Artsmark, or if you are currently working towards it. We offer lots of great Partnership opportunities for schools, including workshops and Backstage Tours.

We offer high quality CPD through our Teacher’s Forum, and we would love to work with your school to develop your Artsmark offer.

Please get in touch to talk to us about Artsmark: 


Lifelong Learning

We are pleased to be a registered ASDAN centre, which means we can offer accreditations for adult and community groups and learners. Our work with Bolton at Home residents means that we are helping community members get qualifications through theatrical experiences.

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."