National Octagon Prize

Photo credit – Ray Jefferson, Bolton Camera Club
Photo credit – Ray Jefferson, Bolton Camera Club

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

Every year we ask for submissions from writers with any level of experience. The submissions are then reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges and the winning submissions will be performed in the Octagon Studio by professional actors. 


For the inaugural year of the prize we asked writers to submit monologues of any genre. From hundreds of entries from across the globe we have selected 3 winning monologues that will be performed in our studio in July 2017, alongside Alan Bennett's legendary monologues Talking Heads in the main auditorium. 


For the second year, in celebration of the Octagon producing one of the most famous duologues in the theatrical canon Jim Cartwright’s TWO, entrants this year were invited to submit duologues. 

Selected from hundreds of submissions we have selected two new powerful plays will be performed for the first time in our studio for our 50th anniversary season.

Winners of the National Octagon Prize 2017 -2018

Thu 22 Feb - Sat 10 Mar 2018


Thu 29 Mar - Sat 14 Apr 2018

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