New young company launched!

New young company launched!

We are thrilled to launch a brand new performance company for young people

Young Octagon will focus on developing excellence in young actors and will be open for young people aged 13-19 (or up to aged 25 for participants with additional needs) who are ready to progress further with acting, would like more opportunities to perform and are considering acting as a potential career.

The company will offer committed and dedicated young people the chance to work together to create bold and adventurous pieces of theatre. They will work with directors, actors and other creatives to gain valuable insight into the industry and experience a professional rehearsal process.

Young People will be recruited through auditions and in the first year, starting in September 2019, Young Octagon will work towards a performance to be showcased as part of the opening of the our new building in 2020.

"We’re really excited to be launching Young Octagon as a new addition to our thriving offer for young people at the Octagon. This is a great opportunity for young people who are full of ideas and passionate about performing. We’re not looking for high levels of experience just lots of enthusiasm and energy – sign up for a workshop audition to find out more!” Victoria Brown, Head of Creative Engagement

“I have loved working with young actors throughout my career, on shows such as Matilda the Musical in the West End and on Broadway, so the creation of this new young company at the Octagon is very exciting. Young people bring tonnes of energy, passion and creativity into the rehearsal room and I cannot wait to meet and work with them to be part of the opening celebrations for the new building opening. I want the Octagon to produce popular, bold and adventurous theatre and am thrilled that the young people of Bolton will be part of this.” Lotte Wakeham, Artistic Director