Interested in theatre?

Academy is a free creative project where you can learn about all aspects of theatre making. It's a great way to meet new friends, build confidence, develop new skills and have the creative freedom to express your ideas. Throughout the project you’ll experience different roles in theatre from performing to backstage, gain an Arts Award qualification and work together to create your own production.

 Age 13-17?

We’re currently recruiting for our next Academy company. From May to November, you’ll work with 15 other young people to make your own piece of theatre.

We’re looking for young people who are enthusiastic, keen to work collaboratively with others and can commit to taking part on Monday evenings for the whole 6 months. You don’t need to have any previous experience in theatre or performing.

When: Every Monday 5pm-6.30pm starting 10th May

Where: At the Octagon Theatre in Bolton town centre

Cost: FREE

Want to sign up or find out more? You can contact to sign up to the project or to find out more. You can also book a place on our taster workshop here.

We also take nominations from organisations and schools working with young people who would benefit from taking part in the Academy. Email us for more information.

Places are strictly limited due to social distancing and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Click here more information on our covid-secure measures.

Age 18-25?

Due to government restrictions, we can’t yet deliver work at our theatre with groups over the age of 18. We are currently working on our offer for young people aged 18-25. If you fall within this age range and would like to register your interest for the Academy, please email

Mon 26 Apr 2021

Academy:Taster Workshop.

“Being part of the Octagon has allowed me to express myself and be me. It has given me confidence as I feel that I can focus and learn much better in an interactive environment.”

Academy Participant

If you would like to register your interest or you are working with a young person you would like to nominate to join, please contact us at: / 07958330797

Watch this short film from the Academy created during lockdown:

The Academy is funded by Igen Trust, The Oglesby Charitable Trust and Peter Kershaw Trust.