Beryl

Beryl

23 September 2019. Octagon Theatre, Bolton at Bolton Library Theatre. Beryl Burton. Wife, mother, Yorkshire woman, cyclist. Who? Never heard of her? You're probably not alone. Maxine Peake's play starts with the premise that Beryl is not that well-known, undeservedly so, and sets about putting that right. Along the way, it also explores what drove [...]

Tinned Up

Tinned Up

24 September 2019. 53two at Oldham Coliseum. Sixty-three-year old Shirley Parkin has lived at 10 Brook Street in Salford all her life. She now finds herself surrounded by streets of empty properties awaiting redevelopment. With metal shutters over the doors and windows, they're all 'tinned up'. In an attempt to deter any scavenging scallies, next [...]

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

11 April 2017. Bolton Octagon. The shock felt by many readers of Anne Brontë's novel 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' on publication in the mid-nineteenth century is difficult to replicate for a contemporary audience. The book shook a fist at the predominant moral and patriarchal attitudes of that time with its story of Helen Graham, [...]