This summer we are thrilled to release audio recordings of 10 captivating monologues - the winners of the One Night In Bolton creative writing competition.

The competition invited entries on the theme of ‘One Night In Bolton’ inspired by the play which was due to be the opening performance at the theatre as it reopened after 2 years of construction. Due to the impact of Covid-19 the reopening of the theatre has been delayed and instead the Octagon helped inspire creativity in lockdown with a creative writing competition.

The monologues will be performed by a talented group of Bolton and Greater Manchester actors with the recordings released online and a selection broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester.

Cast includes BAFTA nominated actress Ruth Madeley, musical legend Claire Moore, Manchester actor Daon Broni, local actor Shaban Dar and completing the cast Karla Marie Sweet - read more about the cast here

Each actor will bring to life 2 monologues and we will be releasing the monologues from Mon 3 August on this page and on our social media accounts. 

LISTEN NOW: The Constance Carroll Smile 

by Lisa Allen 
performed by Claire Moore

A poem that looks back on the highs and lows of a night on the town. 

LISTEN NOW: Lights Out 

by Bill Hodson
performed by Daon Broni

A football-themed monologue reminiscing about the Bolton Wanderers’ final game at Burnden Park.

LISTEN NOW: Grandma’s Chippy Night 

by Julie Worthington
performed by Claire Moore

A charming tale of childhood memories of the importance of food, family and coming together.

LISTEN NOW: Nowt Worth More than Sand 

by Ibrahim Ismail
performed by Daon Broni

A moving story of how a young boy learns about the true value of his family's belongings.

LISTEN NOW: Pilgrimage to Bolton 

by Zoe Iqbal
performed by Karla Marie Sweet

A tale of a group of teenage friends who venture into Bolton in search of a good night out.

LISTEN NOW: Olympic Torch: Once in a Lifetime

by James Storey
performed by Shaban Dar

A family gather to watch the Olympic flame visit Bolton - what could go wrong?

LISTEN NOW: Results Day 

by Ciaran Forrest
performed by Ruth Madeley

A poem exploring the events of the night after a teenager’s exam results are announced.


by Linda Downs
performed by Shaban Dar

A family from Pakistan make their new home in Bolton.


by Loraine Knockton
performed by Karla Marie Sweet

The story of a woman who takes a leap of faith and explores her true feelings.

LISTEN NOW: The Queen of Bolton Baths 

by Pegeen Murphy
performed by Ruth Madeley

A young girl's imagination runs wild the day the Queen visits Bolton.