We want to hear from you

We want to hear from you

Call out for Bolton residents whose families emigrated to the UK to share their stories

Our upcoming production, An Adventure, tells the epic journey of husband and wife Rasik and Jyoti who strike out from 1950s post-partition India in search of a better, more exciting future.

Based on the life experiences of writer Vinay Patel’s own grandparents, it follows Rasik and Jyoti across seven decades, through the independence struggle in East Africa and industrial strife in Britain as they try to build a life together.

To accompany the production, we want to hear from local Bolton residents whose families experienced similar journeys – from anywhere in the world – telling your real life adventures and sharing stories not often heard of how you and your families came to arrive here in Bolton.

The Octagon Artistic Director, Lotte Wakeham commented:I fell in love with the characters in Vinay’s play the first time I read it and was blown away by their epic journey. I know that many families here in Bolton have undertaken very similar journeys to Rasik and Jyoti, from a huge variety of countries. We decided to put on this production of An Adventure to celebrate and shine a light on these stories. We also want to call out to people living in Bolton to share their own family tales. Through photos and memories we can celebrate the rich history of what it meant for people to make those incredible journeys across the world, what it was like to first arrive in this country and the legacy for communities living in Bolton today.”

An Adventure director, Kash Arshad added: The migration stories like the ones undertaken by Jyoti and Rasik in the play were taken by so many people now living in Bolton (and across the country) but are ones that we rarely hear. Personally, I only really found out about my own Grandfather's migration post partition after he passed. I feel like these stories shouldn't be lost or forgotten, and by sharing photos, stories, memories we can keep these family histories alive for now and future generations.”

We are keen to hear stories and see images of first generation life. We are particularly interested in hearing from families who made the epic journey to the UK from South Asia via East Africa, but also welcome responses from anyone whose family migrated to the UK from another country.

If interested in sharing a story use the hashtag #OurAdventure and tag @OctagonTheatre on Twitter and Instagram or alternatively contact info@octagonbolton.co.uk.

Over the coming weeks we will be collating these stories and sharing them more widely.

An Adventure comes to the Octagon from Fri 4 – Sat 26 February. 

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