SQUAD line up for Octagon Theatre’s production of And Did Those Feet at the Macron Stadium
Octagon Theatre Bolton is thrilled to announce the full cast for the first production in the Out and About season Bolton Wanderers play And Did Those Feet directed by David Thacker .
Former Artistic Director David Thacker returns to the Octagon to bring back Bolton’s most famous football story to the home of Bolton Wanderers, the Lion of Vienna Suite, Macron Stadium 21 October – 1 November.
The play was originally produced for the 40th anniversary of the Octagon written by Bolton writers Les Smith (Early One Morning) and Martin Thomasson directed by Mark Babych in 2007 and 2010.
Set in the build up to the 1923 FA Cup Final - the most unmissable football game in Bolton history - Bolton Wanderers took on West Ham United at the new Wembley stadium a match making history where a policeman on a white horse famously managed the crowds who spilled over onto the pitch. And Did Those Feet follows how a group of Boltonian’s lives are transformed by eleven men in white shirts on an unstoppable march to Wembley.
Martin Barrass (The Kings of Hull, Hull Truck; The Railway Children, Kings Cross Theatre; One Man Two Guvnors, National Theatre) returns to the Octagon for the third time to play Bob – the newsagent determined not to miss the match who walks 212 miles from Bolton to Wembley in clogs. Playing young Jim who works in Bolton town hall and dreams of revolution will be John Askew (Gypsy Queen, Hope Theatre; Wuthering Heights, Theatre Royal Windsor; The Revenger’s Tragedy, Nottingham Playhouse).
Familiar faces to Octagon audiences Colin Connor (Our Country’s Good, Nottingham Playhouse; To Kill A Mockingbird, Two2, The Winter’s Tale, Early One Morning, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Octagon Theatre Bolton) and Barbara Drennan (The Winters Tale, To Kill a Mockingbird, An Enemy of the People, Octagon Theatre Bolton) will play Hilda and Alf the parents of WW1 soldier, Billy. Colin Connor and Barbara Drennan won Best Actress and Best Actor at the Manchester Theatre Awards 2015 for their performances in A View From The Bridge directed by David Thacker.
Nathan Ives-Moiba (Hayfever, Citizens Theatre) returns to the Octagon after being nominated Best Newcomer Manchester Theatre Awards for Tull produced by Octagon Theatre Bolton in 2014.
Playing Ted and Martha, bride and groom to be who’s wedding day clashes with the big final, are Ciaran Griffiths (All I See Is You, Octagon Theatre Bolton; Shirley, Hope Mill Theatre; Shameless (Channel 4)) and Helen O’Hara (Dear Nomad, REVEAL 18) who return to the Octagon after making their Bolton debuts during the 50th anniversary season of the Octagon.
David Thacker, Artistic Director at the Octagon Theatre between 2009 – 2015 and Professor of Theatre Studies course at Bolton University, has said:
“And Did Those Feet is a love story. It’s about a group of passionate Wanderer’s fans and their love of football. It’s also about a young couple planning their wedding in times of great austerity and hardship.
“It’s about the love of parents for their young son who was tragically killed in WW1. And, it’s about two brothers whose love is tested by their political views. But most of all it’s a play rooted in its love for Bolton and it’s people.
“We are bringing the play to Bolton’s home of football. I’m sure those who have seen the previous production will enjoy feeling the play performed overlooking the Macron pitch and Stadium. For those who have never seen it, I hope this setting will give the play a wonderful atmosphere.”
And Did Those Feet will be held at the Lion of Vienna Suite, Macron Stadium Sun 21 Oct – Thu 1 Nov at 7.30pm (7pm Sun 21 & Sun 28 Oct) with matinee performances on Sun 28 & Wed 31 Oct at 2pm. Ticket prices from £14.50 - £28.50. Dementia Friendly and Relaxed performance Tue 23 October (tickets £12). (No shows Wed 24, Fri 26 or Sat 27 due to football fixtures)
For more information visit https://octagonbolton.co.uk/whats-on/theatre/and-did-those-feet/