The Octagon is opening its doors on selected dates throughout our 2017/2018 season to welcome school groups and other groups (of 10 or more participants) into the theatre. Our ‘Backstage Pass- Group Tours’ are completely FREE and will take you onto our stage, into the dressing rooms and behind the scenes, giving you an exciting glimpse into the mechanisms of a working theatre.

Schools and Colleges

Our ‘Backstage Pass- Group Tours’ are a brilliant way of enhancing your school’s cultural education offer. We can tailor tours to any age group. Whether you want to explore industry links or career pathways with your group, or if you are interested in storytelling, history or science; a ‘Backstage Pass- Group Tour’ will be an exciting experience for any age.

To book your tour, or for more information, please email Imogen Woolrich

Book an Arts Award Tour!

All of our tours are completely FREE but for a small cost we can accredit your visit to us and enable all young people in your group aged 5-25 to achieve an Arts Award Discover as part of their tour. Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification which demonstrates young people’s participation and engagement in the arts.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please indicate on your Tour booking form. If you have any questions about Arts Award, please phone 01204 556501 or email

(Due to high demand we cannot guarantee your preferred availability, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone)

Booking form

Please note we can only offer ‘Backstage Pass- Group Tour’ to groups with a minimum of 10 participants and a recommended maximum of 30 participants. Due to the level of demand, we ask that you choose two time slots to help us best accommodate your group.

Additional information


Free - but must be pre-booked

How to book

These tours are not bookable online to book please fill in the above form and email to 


These tours are not bookable online

Thu 7, Fri 8 June

Tour 1 - 10.00am-11.15am
Tour 2 - 11.30am-12.45pm
Tour 3 - 1pm-2.15pm
Tour 4 - 2.30pm-3.45pm