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The Octagon Theatre is once again in search of the best creative talent in Bolton, for an entertaining evening of poetry, prose, and performance.

The Best of Bolton is an annual celebration of home-grown talent and creativity, in which members of the local community are encouraged to submit their work – whether it’s poetry, a dramatic monologue or duologue, or even a very short stage or radio play – regardless of theme, content, or the level of the writer’s experience. Culminating in a matinee and evening performance of brilliant writing brought to life by professional actors, The Best of Bolton gives authors the chance to showcase their work in front of a full auditorium, and receive invaluable feedback from professionals.

Those wishing to get involved should submit their entries to literary@octagonbolton.co.uk by midnight on Monday 11 April. Extracts should be no longer than 3 minutes (approximately 1 A4 page per minute), and the Octagon welcomes submissions in all languages. It will translate work wherever necessary. All work will be read by Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman, and the Octagon’s New Writing Associate Janys Chambers and, although the Theatre cannot return manuscripts of feedback on work that isn’t selected, the best fifty pieces will be read in whole, or in part, by actors on the main stage of the Theatre on Saturday 28 May.

Speaking of the event, Elizabeth commented: “We are thrilled to be producing The Best of Bolton again, and taking the opportunity to showcase Bolton’s brilliant writing talent, performed by exceptional professional actors. This year is going to be an entirely new approach, with shorter performances allowing audiences and writers to meet the cast and gain a greater insight into the creative process. As always, we look forward to applications and encourage anyone and everyone to apply!”

New Writing Associate Janys Chambers stated: “I arrived at the Octagon last year, just in time for the Best of Bolton, and was overwhelmed by the blazing talent of the writers in our community. I can absolutely see why it’s a highlight of our Theatre’s calendar, and am so excited to take an even more active role in it, this year.”

The event will further feature work from Bolton International Writing Project, celebrating the culture and creativity of those members of the community originally from non-English speaking countries.

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