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The Octagon Learning and Participation Department works with community groups and schools, and offers a range of  activities for young people of all ages and abilities, which aim to develop creativity, build confidence and enhance drama and theatre skills…

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Young People

The Octagon Learning and Participation Department offers a range of out of school activities for young people of all ages and abilities...

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Community Projects

The Octagon's Learning and Participation Department run drama and theatre projects throughout Bolton's communities all year round...

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Access to the Arts can have a transformative and lasting effect on many aspects of young people's lives, helping those with behavioural difficulties, enhancing community pride and increasing overall academic attainment.

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New Writing

New writing keeps theatre alive and relevant. Read more about the Octagon's New Writing department led by Associate Director Elizabeth Newman.

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We are grateful for the generosity of our volunteers who share their time to help support the theatre. Our volunteer opportunities range from joining our front of house team to volunteering for one of our many youth and community outreach projects.

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Arts Award Supporter

The Octagon Theatre is an Arts Award Supporter.

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