Octagon Theatre Bolton awarded RTYDS support for ‘Introduction to Directing’ course

Octagon Theatre Bolton awarded RTYDS support for ‘Introduction to Directing’ course

Octagon Theatre Bolton is delighted to announce that it has been awarded support from Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme to run ‘Introduction to Directing’, an intensive course for budding directors.

The course will take place over a five-day period at the Octagon Theatre, with 8 trainee directors from Bolton and surrounding areas. Starting on the Octagon's 50th birthday, Monday 27 November, the course will run until Fri 1 December. Octagon Theatre Bolton is committed to developing new and emerging directors and providing opportunities.

Sessions will be focused on the basics of theatre directing and will be led by Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman, Associate Director Ben Occhipinti, and Associate Artistic Director and Professor of Theatre at University of Bolton David Thacker.

Introduction to Directing offers intensive practical training for people over 18 years of age who are interested in finding out whether or not a career as a director is for them. Participants will learn directing techniques through workshops where they will focus on topics such as the text, devising, character work and methods, digital technology in directing, and set design. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with the cast of A Christmas Carol as well as sitting in on rehearsals of a brand new adaptation of Jane Eyre, directed by Elizabeth Newman.

The course includes attending a performance of The Threepenny Opera, directed by David Thacker, meeting the Octagon’s production team and freelance artists including set designers and creative technologist Tony Churnside.

Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman ‘We are very excited about meeting a new generation of diverse directors from Bolton who will be immersed in an intensive course that gives them the opportunity to discover how to become the directors they want to be.’

The course is targeted at young people aged 18 – 25 and Octagon Theatre Bolton will be approaching individuals and communities across Bolton to invite people to apply.  This opportunity is for people from backgrounds currently under-represented in UK theatre as a result of barriers arising from social, gender, financial, ethnic, cultural, geographic or educational disadvantage or disability.