Theatre Through the Lens

2017 marked the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Bolton’s Octagon Theatre.  To celebrate its Golden Jubilee, we were invited to capture in photographs all the colour and spectacle of theatre life.  

In addition to tracking professional productions though their development phase – through rehearsals, set-building, costume-making etc – the exhibition also highlighted the Octagon’s deep roots in our local community, revealing the huge support the theatre offers to groups and individuals of all ages – from infants to senior citizens – in projects designed to develop self-confidence and theatre skills. 

All in all, this exhibition presented an absorbing glimpse into the inner workings of one of Bolton’s most prized community resources, a true cultural treasure, in its 50th year.

This exhibition was on display from November 2017 to May 2018 – in two Bolton venues, the Octagon Theatre and St. George’s Gallery.   

Poster kindly provided by Emma Kelly

The photographs below are a small selection from our exhibition.