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Celebration of Sport and Culture

19 Oct 2012

In February 2013 the Octagon Theatre Bolton will present Tull, a timely world premiere production that presents the remarkable and inspiring life story of Walter Tull: the first black outfield footballer to play in the old First Division in Great Britain.

On Tuesday 23 October the Octagon Theatre Learning and Participation Department will be taking to the Town Hall Square in a celebration of sport and culture, between 10am and 4pm. The event will celebrate the life of Walter Tull and will mark the launch of a Bolton-wide project to challenge racism.

Over the next six months, the Octagon Theatre Bolton will be working in schools and community settings to tell this inspirational story and explore its relevance to our modern society.

On Tuesday 23 October, community groups and organisations from all over Bolton will come together in the centre of town to share their heritage and culture in arts and sport. These groups include The Interfaith Council, Raise the Youth, Bolton Lads and Girls Club, YMCA Media Productions, Bollywood Divas and Bolton Wanderers Football Club who will be leading a penalty shootout with Lofty the Lion. Performances will be taking place throughout the day with plenty of activities for the whole family to get involved with.

Yesterday (Thursday 18 October) the Octagon attended the Show Racism the Red Card event at Bolton Wanderers Football Club, along with their former star Fabrice Muamba, ex-Chelsea FC player Frank Sinclair and Bury FC’s Efe Sodje and the Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers Association Gordon Taylor.

The event is part of a Bolton-wide project to raise awareness of racism amongst young people and will involve the Octagon visiting local schools to encourage children to take a pledge to learn, remember and share Tull’s story.

For more information on the event taking place on Tuesday 23 October at the Town Hall Square in Bolton, or for more information on the programme of work the Learning and Participation Department will be running, contact Claire Ryan on 01204 556501.



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