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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:2.5]   When Eugene O’Neill wrote Long Day’s Journey Into Night, he wrote a play of brutal honesty, a semi-autobiographical confrontation of the ghosts of his own past. A play of such unremitting frankness he actually had it locked in a publisher’s safe with a stipulation that it wasn’t to be ...

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An Inspector Calls – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Director: David Thacker Designer: Ruari Murchison Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [rating:4] With a riveting story and a single set An Inspector Calls is a staple of regional theatre. The status of self –made industrialist Arthur Birling (Brian Protheroe) and his wife Sybil (Margot Leicester) as respected pillars of their community is challenged by a mysterious Inspector Goole (David Prosho). The Inspector ...

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Piaf – Bolton Octagon

Writer: Pam Gems Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] On a rain soaked street in Belleville Edith Gassion (Caroline Faber), a street singer, catches the eye of nightclub owner Louis Leplee (Danny Cunningham). In reference to her slight frame he renames her Little Sparrow – ‘ Piaf’. Pam Gems’s play is a warts and all examination of a flawed ...

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The Glass Menagerie – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Luke Walker [Rating:4] Tennessee Williams’ exquisite 1944 familial drama is an American classic and constantly produced in theatres up and down the land. And, judging by the Octagon Theatre’s production in Bolton, it is easy to see why. Set in 1930s St Louis, faded southern belle and matriarch, Amanda Wingfield (Margot Leicester), lives ...

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Tull – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Phil Vasili Director: David Thacker Composer: Adrian Johnston Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [rating:3] In the early part of the 20th Century, when Walter Tull played football and served in the army, racism was so ingrained it was actually part of army policy to limit the promotional possibilities open to non-white soldiers and football commentators felt at ease referring to the ...

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Of Mice and Men – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ is one of those stories that an awful lot of people are already familiar with. It seems to be a favourite for high school English lessons, so to breathe new and exciting life into an already established story can be quite the challenge. Luckily, ...

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Peter Pan – The Octagon, Bolton

Writer: Elizabeth Newman and Incubate Project Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating: 3.5] Director and Head Writer Elizabeth Newman and the team from the Octagon’s Incubate project have adapted J. M. Barrie’s most famous of plays, Peter Pan for the theatre’s Christmas festivities. Set in the 1950’s rather than the 1900’s that’s where the reworking seems to end. Peter’s ...

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I’m Frank Morgan – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Joe O’Byrne Director: Ian Curley Reviewer: Brian Gorman [Rating:4.5] Bolton-based Actor/writer Joe O’Byrne’s one man play, ‘I’m Frank Morgan’, was written a decade ago, and is the first in the ongoing series of plays located on the fictional northern England estate of Paradise Heights. You may have seen the subsequent works such as ‘Rank’, ‘The Bench’, or his most ...

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