Octagon makes space for new ideas

Published: 15 January 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Octagon rehearsal space Credit: Ray Jefferson

Throughout January, Bolton Octagon will host three local artists, providing them with an opportunity to be among the first to use the building’s brand new rehearsal space following its £12 million redevelopment.

Elizabeth Twells, Emmy Lahouel and Pegeen Murphy and John O’Neill each receive five-days' free use of the rehearsal space in the new building, along with a £500 bursary and support from the artistic team, allowing them to develop a new idea or continue an existing project that has been stopped or paused over the last 12 months.

Elizabeth will be developing her debut piece as a playwright: Full Screw, a physical two-hander that explores the recruitment and experience of the working class in the British Armed Forces.

Emmy is to experiment and explore new work that can be adaptable to suit ongoing changes.

Pegeen Murphy and John O'Neill will be carrying out research and development into the history of political activism in the area.