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 [...]

Trial

Trial

Bolton Octagon at Bolton Town Hall. 26 April 2018. Bolton Octagon's annual REVEAL Festival promises "original and exciting theatre" although it also offers the additional bonus of seeing performances in non-theatre venues across Bolton. So far I've perched on a bar stool to watch a performance in a pub and sat on a row of [...]

Winter Hill

Winter Hill

Bolton Octagon 16th May 2017 This is not a review, just some interim (and possibly random) thoughts on 'Winter Hill'. I was lucky enough to be offered a ticket unexpectedly to see it very early in the run. However I'd already booked to see it in the final week so I reserve the right to [...]

I Capture The Castle

I Capture The Castle

Bolton Octagon, 27th April 2017 As Brigid Larmour's new production of Dodie Smith's much-loved novel begins, 17 year old Cassandra is writing her diary both sitting in and singing in the kitchen sink. The story of two sisters growing up in an impoverished and chaotic Bohemian family in the 1930s has not just been pulled [...]