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Set in the '60s, Be My Baby follows the fortunes of Mary Adams, aged 19 and seven months pregnant. Sent to a mother and baby home, Mary and her fellow inmates have to cope with the shame of their pregnancy and the dawning realisation they must give up their baby for adoption. Yet despite the daily battles with a no-nonsense Matron, the girl's effervescence shines through. As they escape into the girl-groups songs they love, a touching and funny piece of work unfolds, which is not only punctuated but defined by the songs of the day.
Bill and Alf, two young Bolton lads hungry for adventure, discover the mystery and the delights of girls as they grow up together. Every night they meet at the 'Big Corner' at the end of the road to tell (and exaggerate) the stories of their days. One day they meet a girl and both fall in love. After choosing Alf, they marry and every night as they go to bed he tells her a story recounting his escapades growing up as she falls asleep. A kaleidoscope of Bolton life, The Big Corner is a story of hope, young friendship, love and heartache.
The Golden Girls - Ida, Lucille and Doris are - The Cemetery Club. Every month they meet at Ida's to go and visit their respective husband's graves. They gossip, bitch a little and prepare to become joint bridesmaids at a friend's umpteenth wedding and.....prepare for the future. A delightful comedy of romance.
Dicken's original story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. This story has been adapted many many ways but the true magic and the great mix of fright and delight comes only from returning to the original.
The story focuses on an Anglo - Pakistani family in 1970's Salford. It's a time of long hair, glam rock and flares. Chip shop owner, George Khan, wants his children to keep their culture and tradition but his kids want to be part of the modern world. The boys want disco music, the latest fashions and girls; Sajit wants to live in his parka and Meena doesn't want to wear saris. Their Dad is insisting on arranged marriages, dutiful children and respect, while their English Mum wants to give the kids space and to keep the peace - which is where the trouble starts. East is East is the hilarious result of two cultures colliding. This touching comedy was a hugely successful stage play and later made into the enormous international smash hit film. Winner of 1997 Writers' Guild Best West End Play award.
Join us for the performance of three brand new monologues. Selected from hundreds of submissions from across the globe for the Octagon's inaugural National Prize, these powerful new monologues are poignant, moving, and hopeful in equal measure.
Blue - "His tongue's slimy wet like a whale's lick. Dizzy, I watch him lick his lips, sometimes there's blue in those flicks." Life for Amber has always felt grey ?til suddenly she discovers the secret to tasting technicolour. Problem is, getting your colours like that doesn't last long. How can you ever get enough of something that only almost works? Being Amazing - One morning 17 year old Leon wakes up believing the day is going to be amazing. The only trouble is, everything ? home, college, family, friends, the world at large ? seems to be working against him, and the day just keeps getting worse and worse. He has only one hope ? his mum's favourite singer, Kate Bush. But can she save the day? Nobody Can Never Get Us Back - Yolanda Black is more than her trauma. Yolanda is Yolanda and that's a lot. She's got daughters, dogs, jobs, words, shoes?only the one husband?though some might say not quite. Yolanda likes to look after everybody and bother nobody. She is a woman who, if told she was unsung, would sing!
Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Gulliver awakes on the shores of Lilliput to a hostile reception from its feisty six-inch tall residents. At war with their neighbours, the tiny Lilliputians soon find a use for their gigantic visitor - a weapon of massive destruction! Refusing to be part of their plans for conquest, Gulliver flees across the oceans, only to end up abandoned among giants. Now small and vulnerable, he faces danger at every turn. Swift's classic tale takes us on a fantastical adventure through exotic, yet strangely familiar lands - nations ruled by corrupt governments, flying islands inhabited by intellectuals, kings and queens of every size, and a world ruled by horses...
This event takes place at Queen's Park, Bolton
Written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness - from overwhelming grief to seething rage - and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.
A landmark in the history of English literature. Jane simple governess, wins the heart of Edward Fairfax Rochester, the brooding and mysterious master of Thornfield Hall. Questioning the boundaries of class and gender, it is one of the most heartrending and powerful tales of romance and suspense ever told.
When father mysteriously disappears at Christmas, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis leave London for a new life in the Kent countryside. Discovering a railway at the end of the garden is just the first step to many adventures!
Rita and Sue are desperate girls living in recession-hit Bradford. Hope is at hand with the arrival of Bob who has what it takes to teach them everything they need to know about love, life and lust. The Royal Court, winning the 1981 George Devine Award originally commissioned this classic of the 80's. It was made into a film in 1986.
A series of monologues, funny and poignant, normally from two to four of these would be performed at a time. A Cream Cracker Under The Settee tells of an old woman who has a fall, but her pride doesn't allow her to accept help. Bed Among the Lentils tells of a woman with a drink problem, married to a vicar who exploits her recovery actually caused by an affair with an Indian shopkeeper. A Lady of Letters is the story of a woman obsessed with writing letters of complaint and reporting her neighbours who eventually finds comfort in prison. Soldiering On is the tale of a well-to-do woman who finds one day that she's a widow and her husband has left her ill equipped to handle her own affairs - and her son loses her money in bad investments.
A Chip in the Sugar - Middle-aged Graham finds life becoming complicated when his mother, or "Mam", with whom he still lives, reunites with an old flame. Lady of Letters - Irene is a one-woman Neighbourhood Watch scheme and her habit of writing letters gets ridiculously out of hand. A Cream Cracker under the Settee - 75 year-old widow Doris, obsessive about tidiness and maintaining her independence, has a fall that decides her future. Made famous by Thora Hird in the original TV series.
In the near future a group of women gather in a half built hotel on Winter Hill in Bolton; is it a book group discussing famous heroines? Is it a chance to meet with friends and drink wine? Or is it...a revolution? In this new play by one of the most influential British playwrights, Timberlake Wertenbaker, author of the award-winning plays Our Country's Good and Jefferson's Garden, we see how seemingly ordinary women endeavour to protect the landscape of Bolton forever, no matter the cost. Questioning the lengths people go to for a cause they believe in, we are left asking at what point does the fight for freedom become terrorism?