A part of the Theatres Trust #SaveOurTheatres Crowdfunder campaign launched in September, world renowned novelist Jodi Picoult has spoken of her passion for theatre and support for the Octagon.
Jodi is part of the writing team for the new musical The Book Thief that was scheduled for early 2021 as part of the Octagon’s reopening season. The production has now been postponed with dates to be confirmed and Jodi remains an avid supporter of the Octagon.
Watch this video of support from Jodi:
Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham comments: “I’m so grateful to Jodi for the support she has shown the Octagon and to everyone who has helped us get this far. It was disappointing to have to postpone the world premiere of The Book Thief due to the pandemic, but I’d like to reassure audiences that the show will go ahead and we will keep you posted as soon as we have more information on new dates. I can’t wait to bring this incredible story to life on stage here in Bolton and I assure you it will be worth the wait!”
As well as raising awareness for the #SaveOurTheatre campaign Jodi was also one of the first to pledge support for the Octagon Future Fund when launched earlier in the year. If you, like Jodi would like to support the theatre in their continued efforts for survival during the Covid-19 crisis facing the live events industry please consider joining the Octagon as a Member or Patron.
Chief Executive Roddy Gauld comments: “I want to thank Jodi and everyone who has supported the Octagon through this challenging time. The money we raised through the Future Fund appeal is a testament to how much the Octagon means to so many and what a vital resource the theatre is for Bolton. With social distancing still in place, the theatre continues a difficult journey over the coming months. Typically, we need to sell 75% of our seats for productions to be financially viable with social distancing our capacity could be reduced to as little as 25%. We hope the #SaveOurTheatre campaign will help raise funds and awareness for the challenges facing theatres and the whole of the live events sector across the world. Please if you can, consider supporting the Octagon today – so we can all look forward to the magic of live theatre again in Bolton in the future.”
To find out more about the #SaveOurTheatre campaign visit crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-theatres