Why support

A View from the Bridge Photo Credit Ian Tilton
A View from the Bridge Photo Credit Ian Tilton

We aim to fundamentally change people’s lives for the better. By supporting us you will be sustaining an amazing part of Bolton’s heritage and future.

Here are just a few examples of how your support helps enable us to achieve even more:

Octagon Young People and the Community

From our Youth Theatre for 5 – 25 year olds, to our Bridges groups for children and young people with learning difficulties, to art-beat for the over-50s, we aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for the local community.


Many well-known faces from stage, television and the silver screen started their careers treading the boards at the Octagon, and we’re proud to continue the tradition of nurturing the best new talent and the stars of tomorrow.

"The Octagon has helped me increase my confidence and given me opportunities to get involved, learn, experience and meet many different people."

Rory, young participant of the INDRA project. Individual Giving

Artistic Development

We aim to grow artistic talent in a supportive environment. We develop new writing, offer dramaturgical support, and regularly provide learning opportunities for students. We work in association with the University of Bolton  on their new BA Hons Theatre degree, enabling students to combine academic study with insight into a professional theatre.


We strive to produce theatre that is accessible for all. We offer BSL, Captioned, Audio Described and Relaxed Performances.

There are a number of ways you can support the Octagon and our work as an individual or company – see our individual giving and Corporate support pages to find out more or contact our Development team on 01204 557141 or email loveoctagon@octagonbolton.co.uk.