New Writing

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.

National Octagon Prize

National Octagon Prize

The Octagon National Prize is a competition celebrating new and original writing for the stage.

Best of Bolton

Best of Bolton

We are seeking writers to submit poetry, stories and short plays to be performed across two Best of Bolton showcases.