Premières in programme

Published: 7 November 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Regional première: An Adventure

The Octagon in Bolton offers a world première, a regional première, a modern classic and a hit comedy as part of its next season’s offering.

Opening it will be the regional première of Vinay Patel’s An Adventure (February 4–26). This epic love story follows the journey of husband and wife Rasik and Jyoti, spanning seven decades and three continents, as they navigate political tensions in 1950s India and Kenya.

The Octagon then present a new adaptation of Barry Hines’s classic story Kes (March 10–April 2), in a co-production with Theatre by the Lake. Billy Caspar’s life is changed when he finds a kestrel hawk, who he cares for and trains.

Habibti Driver (April 21–May 7) is a brand new ‘East meets Wigan’ comedy by Shamia Chalabi and Sarah Henley. Relationships are put to the test for an Egyptian Muslim taxi driver and his half-Egyptian, half-Wigan daughter Shazia.

The season closes with One Man, Two Guvnors (May 26–June 25). Richard Bean’s adaptation of the classic A Servant of Two Masters, finds recently-fired Francis Henshaw juggling not one, but two new jobs. Mistaken identity, murder and mayhem ensue.

The season will also one-night events including comedy, music, play readings and family entertainment. The Young Octagon company will also be taking part in the National Theatre’s Connections programme producing a performance of the play Remote.