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Octagon's 'on tour' autumn season

Published: 18 May 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Bolton Octagon’s season of theatre ‘out and about’ continues this autumn as construction of their town centre building continues.

In the final months ahead of the new building opening next spring, the theatre will be producing shows in Bolton Library Theatre and the University of Bolton Stadium with other events at the theatre’s base in the Market Place shopping centre.

Beginning the season is Beryl (September 19 to October 19) which tells the true story of the unsung sporting hero Beryl Burton. Written by award-winning actress and former Octagon Youth Theatre member Maxine Peake, it tells of how Yorkshire lass Beryl Burton became a record-breaking world champion and cycling legend.

The world première of new musical Seagulls (October 24 to November 16) is inspired by Chekov’s The Seagull. Four Bolton students believe their band will one day make its mark on the music industry.

On November 11, there’s a visiting show from two theatre companies, Tamasha and Paines Plough, I Wanna Be Yours. It’s by emerging writer Zia Ahmed and follows the tender story of Ella and Haseeb.

The Octagon closes the season with Treasure Island (December 8–27), in a new stage adaptation by writer Kate Ferguson with music and lyrics by Susannah Pearse.

In addition, there will be rehearsed readings in the Octagon’s base at the Market Place shopping centre and for families there will be a series of Storymaker events.