Best of Bolton 2018 Winners Announced

Best of Bolton 2018 Winners Announced

The Octagon Theatre’s annual celebration of home-grown talent and creativity will see new work performed by professional actors at Bolton Central Library on Saturday 10 November.

50 entries have been chosen to be performed from over 270 submissions that were received from members of the local community, national and international writers. Best of Bolton encourages writers of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience to enter poetry, stories and short plays to celebrate Bolton’s rich cultural heritage and the power of the spoken word.

The brilliant writing will be brought to life by four professional actors in a matinee and evening performance held at the Lecture Theatre in Bolton Central Library. The Best of Bolton gives authors the chance to showcase their work in front of an audience, and receive invaluable feedback from professionals.

Speaking of the event, New Writing Associate Janys Chambers from the Octagon commented: “I am overwhelmed by the blazing talent of the writers in our community. We are thrilled to be producing The Best of Bolton again, and taking the opportunity to showcase the diverse culture and thriving creative community in Bolton. ”

Cllr John Byrne, Executive Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Sport, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event at Bolton Central Library.

“The Octagon Theatre plays a vital role in the arts in Bolton and we work closely with them to make sure residents can experience the best in culture and entertainment.

“Bolton is home to many talented artists and performers and we look forward to hosting some excellent work by local writers. We hope to see a big audience for what I’m sure will be a day of enjoyable performances

Best of Bolton will be performed on Saturday 10 November, 2pm and 7.30pm, in the Lecture Theatre at Bolton Central Library. For tickets visit Book in person at the Market Place Shopping Centre. Find our Box Office on the upper floor next to Debenhams.

Selected titles and writers for the event:

Saturday 10 November 2pm

  1. Evergreen – Samantha Priestley
  2. A Woman Of Syria – Rosie Adamson Clark
  3. Be Proud Of Your Past – Colette Wiseman
  4. Night In The City - Jacob Lloyd
  5. Pausing in Cappy – Bernadette Jordan
  6. A Way with Words - Phil Barling
  7. Boomers – Dave Burnham
  8. Kissing Him Goodbye – Glenda Cooper
  9. Each Night – Christopher Moore
  10. You And I – Helen Jeffery
  11. Being Counted – Margaret Simpson
  12. Gone – Frances Arden
  13. Birth – Sheila Hinds
  14. y=Me Squared – Claire Eden
  15. Moor Combustion – Rebecca Shivji
  16. Aspirations – Hilary Walker
  17. React – Helen Shenton
  18. In Memory of Superman’s Parents – Helen East
  19. Flower Power – Linda Ashworth
  20. Cold Tea – Beverley Green
  21. On A Council Estate – Dave Jones
  22. Receding and Revealing – Gaye Gerrard
  23. A Knitting Memory – Kathleen Proctor
  24. The Hill – Christine Wellings
  25. That Girl – Hannah Dolly Kaur Bharaj

Saturday 10 November 7.30pm

  1. Pretend – Gillian Popplewell
  2. Reflections – Chris Parkinson
  3. Drowning – Dorothea Cahan
  4. A Trace Of Love - Roy David Cole
  5. Looking for the Keys – Paulina Dominguez
  6. Wall of Fame – Alexandra Hannant
  7. A Mother’s Nature – Nick Maynard
  8. Submarine - Christopher Woods
  9. The Funeral – Olu Alakija
  10. Manchester Wedding – Elaine Patricia Morris
  11. Charlie’s Contemplation – Dyan Colclough
  12. A Good Heart – Josie Byrne
  13. A Walk To The Beach – Avril Finch
  14. Death – Catherine Cropper
  15. Fond Memories of Burnden Park – Alun Robert
  16. Towards The Edge – Angela Higson
  17. Mirror Mirror – Scott Davenport
  18. The First Win – Katie Schofield
  19. Who Done It – Nigel Cropper
  20. Amazing Grace – Dorothy Snelson
  21. Eric Pleats - Jill Pemberton
  22. Last One Standing – Kathleen Tomko
  23. The Sleep Of The Righteous – Charles Leipart
  24. Sundowning – Simon James
  25. Boltopia – Ibrahim Ali Ismail

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