Young People

We strongly believe in helping young people gaining a voice and to help build skills, confidence and experience to go into the world. From access to cheaper theatre tickets to being a part of the Octagon community in our Youth Theatre – working with young people is essential to the wellbeing of our organisation.

Youth Theatre

We run over 10 Youth Theatre sessions at the Octagon with different groups catering from ages 5 to 21 from weekend to after school sessions. This is a great opportunity for young people with an interest in drama and theatre to engage creatively with peers and enhance their personal development. Our Youth Theatre is an inclusive provision and is open to any young person.

Youth Theatre sessions are divided into self-contained terms which vary in content; from a 'skills based' term, culminating in an informal sharing of what they have learned, to a 'production focused' term working towards a full scale production or gala performance.

GROUP DETAILS:

Stage 1 (Ages 5-7)
When: Saturdays 9.30am – 11am

Stage 2 (Ages 8-11)
There are 2 different groups at this age group:
When: Stage 2a -Fridays 4.30pm – 6pm, Stage 2b - Saturdays 11.30am – 1pm

Stage 3 (Ages 11-16)
There are 3 different groups at this age group:
When: Stage 3a - Tuesday 4.30pm – 6.30pm, Stage 3b - Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm, Stage 3c - Wednesdays 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Where: All groups take place at Octagon Theatre Bolton

Cost: All groups are £65 for 10 weeks

We also have some free, bursary places. Enquiries about bursaries are dealt with confidentially and if you are interested in finding out more, please contact participation@octagonbolton.co.uk

Bookings open at the start of every term and work on a first come first served basis. Please email participation@octagonbolton.co.uk to be added to the mailing list or call 01204 556501 to find out more.

Octagon Bridges

Our Bridges provision consists of three theatre groups for young people and adults with learning disabilities.

Each term (10 weeks) participants explore various arts and theatre skills in a safe and fun environment. Performance opportunities range from full productions in professional theatre spaces to informal sharing of work with peers.

Group details:

Little Bridges (Ages 5-11)
When: Friday 5-6pm
Where: Claremont House, Bolton
Cost: £30 for 10 weeks

Bridges Youth Theatre (Ages 16-25)
When: Thursdays 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Where: Octagon Theatre Bolton    
Cost: £65 for 10 weeks

Bridges Company (Ages 21+)
When: Mondays 1pm – 3pm
Where: Octagon Theatre Bolton
Cost: £65 for 10 weeks

We also have some free, bursary places. Enquiries about bursaries are dealt with confidentially and if you are interested in finding out more, please contact participation@octagonbolton.co.uk

Bookings open at the start of every term and work on a first come first served basis. Please email participation@octagonbolton.co.uk to be added to the mailing list or call 01204 556501 to find out more.

Octagon Connect

Open to anyone aged 13 - 19 with an interest in drama and exploring new ideas and techniques. 

A chance for participants to explore drama in a different way to school and tell stories that are important to them.  The group will work towards a short sharing at the end of term for family and friends

When: Thursdays 7-9pm.
Where: Octagon Theatre Bolton
Cost: £65 for 10 week term

We also have some free, bursary places. Enquiries about bursaries are dealt with confidentially and if you are interested in finding out more, please contact participation@octagonbolton.co.uk

Bookings open at the start of every term and work on a first come first served basis. Please email participation@octagonbolton.co.uk to be added to the mailing list or call 01204 556501 to find out more.

Tickets

People age 17 - 25 can buy tickets for just £6.50 if they are purchased on the same day as the performance.

  • Maximum 2 tickets per person, per performance
  • Only available for Octagon Main Auditorium productions
  • Tickets only available in Band B & C (excludes Fri & sat evenings)
  • ID must be shown at time of collecting tickets

Call 01204 520661 to book or visit our Box Office in person.

Tickets are subject to availability and the Octagon Theatre reserves the right to make changes if necessary.