Cast announced for our First Words season

Cast announced for our First Words season

Three well-known faces will be bringing three brand new monologues to life in our Studio this summer!

Three new monologues, winners of Octagon Theatre’s first National Prize, will be performed in the Octagon Studio by Jessica Baglow, Tupele Dorgu, and Michael Peavoy.

The winning monologues of the Octagon Theatre Bolton’s first National Prize, Blue, Being Amazing, and Nobody Can Never Get Us Back will be performed by three outstanding actors. Selected from hundreds of submissions from across the globe for the Octagon's inaugural National Prize, these powerful new monologues are poignant, moving, and hopeful in equal measure.

Returning after starring as the feisty Rita in Educating Rita, Jessica Baglow will be taking on the role of Amber in Charlotte Josephine’s Blue.

After his role of the young farmer Gilbert in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Michael Peavoy returns to the Octagon to perform in Ian Townsend’s Being Amazing as Leon.

Tupele Dorgu, who played Kelly Crabtree in Coronation Street and recently starred as Lori Fletcher in BBC’s The Coroner, will be making her debut at the Octagon Theatre Bolton as Yolanda in Shauna Mackay Nobody Can Never Get Us Back.

These brand new monologues will be being performed alongside the Octagon’s main auditorium production of Alan Bennett’s legendary Talking Heads.

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director at the Octagon, says of the monologues: “Here at the Octagon, we believe it is incredibly important to showcase new writing and to help it to grow. Our National Octagon Prize is all about encouraging people to write, regardless of their experience, and giving them a chance to see their work come to life in a professional theatre with professional actors. All three of these monologues amazed us when we read them, and it will be a joy to be able to share them for the very first time with the audiences of Bolton and beyond.

“It is wonderful to be back working with Jess, Michael and Tupele and to be able to have these monologues performed for the first time alongside Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’. It will be a celebration of monologues, each looking at life through a different and deeply interesting perspective.” 

Actress and playwright Charlotte Josephine, Blue: ‘His tongue’s slimy wet like a whale's lick. Dizzy, I watch him lick his lips, sometimes there’s blue in those flicks.’ Life for Amber has always felt grey ‘til suddenly she discovers the secret to tasting technicolour. Problem is, getting your colours like that doesn’t last long. How can you ever get enough of something that only almost works?

Manchester based Ian Townsend, Being Amazing: One morning 17 year old Leon wakes up believing the day is going to be amazing. The only trouble is, everything – home, college, family, friends, the world at large – seems to be working against him, and the day just keeps getting worse and worse. He has only one hope – his mum’s favourite singer, Kate Bush. But can she save the day?

Award-winning writer Shauna Mackay, Nobody Can Never Get Us Back: Yolanda Black is more than her trauma. Yolanda is Yolanda and that’s a lot. She’s got daughters, dogs, jobs, words, shoes—only the one husband—though some might say not quite. Yolanda likes to look after everybody and bother nobody. She is a woman who, if told she was unsung, would sing!

These new monologues will be performed in the Octagon’s First Words season in the Studio Theatre from Wed 21 June to Sat 8 July 2017.

Tickets are £12 (concessions are available).

Winners for this year’s National Octagon Prize, which asked for duologues, were announced earlier this season. Kathrine Smith with her entry of All I See is You, and Sarah McDonald Hughes and Curtis Cole with their entry of Sherbet will have their worked performed in the Studio during the Octagon’s 50th anniversary season. 

For more information, you can visit the show page online or call the Octagon's Box Office on 01204 520661.