Join us this summer to bring to life E. Nesbit’s beloved children’s novel, The Railway Children in a wonderful young people’s production.

Building on the success of The Secret Garden, we are looking for 100 young performers aged 8 – 21 to climb aboard for The Railway Children. (Open to young people with additional needs aged up to 25.) You don’t need any experience, just enthusiasm, willingness to try new things and be able to commit three weeks of your summer holiday to putting on a production!

Over the three weeks you’ll work with the Octagon’s artistic team and professional actors to create the characters, locations and scenes that will bring the story to life. 

Rehearsals will run from Mon 31 July until Wed 16 August and the show will be performed in the main auditorium on Thu 17, Fri 18 & Sat 19 August.

Additional information

Age Guide

8-21 (Open to young people with additional needs aged up to 25.) 


£120 for the whole project


£60 for second and subsequent siblings for families after first child booked at full price.


Bursaries are available for those with financial or other difficulties please email christina.lydon@octagonbolton.co.uk 



We are now full for this project. Please call our Box Office on 01204 520661 to go on a waiting list. 

Places cost £120 per participant 


In order to take part in the project you must be available for the below dates and times. 

10am – 4pm each day on rehearsal days (Mon 31 July to Wed 16 August)
1.30pm - 9.30pm Thu 17 August
4.30pm - 9.30pm Fri 18 August
11.30am - 9.30pm Sat 19 August with afternoon break from 4pm - 6pm.

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