Work Experience

The Octagon is committed to supporting young people in their personal development and on their first steps into the world of work. Our work experience programme is designed to offer a high quality insight into a range of careers in theatre.

Work experience students will be based at the Octagon for one week. During your week with us, you will:

  • Work predominantly with the Creative Engagement Team
  • Shadow staff in a variety of departments such as Marketing, Box Office and Production
  • Attend at least one of our participation groups
  • Watch a performance (subject to dates and availability)
  • Complete a work experience booklet and gain a Bronze Arts Award

 How to Apply

To apply for a placement email participation@octagonbolton.co.uk with the following information:

  • Your name, age and school
  • The week(s) you are available (please note we do not take work experience placements during school holidays)
  • Why you would like a placement with the Octagon
  • What you would like to learn from work experience at the Octagon

The deadline for 2020 work experience placements is Friday 6th December 2019.

We receive many work experience requests and unfortunately are unable to accommodate everyone who applies. We give priority to young people who are:

  • Age 14-16 (years 10 and 11 at school)
  • Living or studying in Bolton
  • Interested in a career in theatre

Professional Placements for All Ages

Requests for other placements are considered on an individual basis. If you would like us to consider a placement request please email participation@octagonbolton.co.uk with the following information:

  • Why you would like a placement with the Octagon
  • What you would like to learn from work experience at the Octagon
  • Your specific area of interest

Please note that we are unable to offer placements in special effects or stage make-up.