All aboard for adventure on Platform 50!

All aboard for adventure on Platform 50!

After the success of Octagon Theatre Bolton’s Pleasure Beach last year, this August Bank Holiday will see the theatre transformed into a railway station complete with Ancient Egypt as a destination!

From Fri 25 to Mon 28 August 2017, Octagon Theatre Bolton will be Platform 50, a fun-filled railway station from the golden age of travel. Free to enter, there will be a train, lots of railway-themed stories, and activities for all the family including face-painting and interactive songs.

Octagon Theatre Bolton celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and its 2017-18 season reflects the importance of this milestone. Platform 50 is a way to open the theatre’s doors to regular theatre goers as well as people who may never have been to a theatre before, to share stories together and create memories that last a lifetime.

From 11am – 3.30pm every day, you can visit the Main Auditorium which will be Platform 50, the bar which will be transformed into a Lost Property Office, and the Studio which will become a stop at Ancient Egypt, with sand and the Nile.

Bolton Library and Museum Services will be providing Egyptian themed activities at the Ancient Egypt stop.

Sharing the stories and adding even more magic to the weekend will be a cast of familiar faces. Returning after their festive triumph Cinderella, Anne O’Riordan and Felicity Sparks, and coming straight from the Octagon’s summer project The Railway Children will be Robert Jackson. Lila Clements and Kate Spencer will also be returning.

Artistic Director of Octagon Theatre Bolton, Elizabeth Newman, commented: “Platform 50 is our invite to people of all ages to join us on a magical weekend adventure set in the Golden Age of travel. There will be lots of beloved stories told by our team of actors, plenty of activities to take part in, and a journey to Ancient Egypt! The Octagon Theatre is a space for everyone to visit and to enjoy themselves, so we are thrilled to be opening all of our doors this August Bank Holiday and share stories with you.”

Platform 50 will be taking part on the Bank Holiday weekend along with Bolton Food and Drink Festival. The festival is organised by Bolton Council in association with Aldi. In addition to this, the Octagon Theatre Bolton are supporting Bolton Council’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Anne, Felicity, Robert, Kate and Lila will be performing at certain times throughout the day at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Elizabeth Newman says: “The Bolton Food and Drink Festival is always a phenomenal weekend. It is wonderful to see Bolton bustling with culture, people, and fun, so it is a pleasure to be working so closely with Bolton Council to help bring to life their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.”

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Youth and Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “The Food and Drink Festival continues to get bigger and better each year, and The Octagon’s involvement in the event has also grown. We’re looking forward to working with them again this year.”