The Academy is an exciting opportunity for young people age 14-21 (25 with additional needs) who haven’t taken part in theatre or drama before. Places are prioritised for young people facing challenging circumstances in their lives.

The Academy is a great place to meet new friends, build confidence, and develop team building skills along with having a space to creatively express your ideas. You’ll get the chance to experience all aspects of theatre from performing to working backstage. Over the year, you’ll work together to create and tour your own piece of theatre.

“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

When: Mondays 4.30-7.30pm

Where: During our building re-development, our groups take place at our temporary home in Bolton’s The Marketplace Shopping Centre (Upper Ground Floor, next to Debenhams).

Cost: FREE

The Academy is open for new participants every September. To register your interest or if you are working with a young person that you’d like to refer to the programme, contact

Academy is funded by Igen Trust, The Oglesby Charitable Trust, Peter Kershaw Trust and the Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust.