BAFTA-nominated actress leads cast for One Night In Bolton monologues

Monologue performers (l-r) Daon Broni, Shaban Dar, Ruth Madeley, Claire Moore, Karla Marie Sweet


Paul Genty

16 Jul 2020

Octagon presents winners of its writing contest

Bolton’s Octagon theatre is releasing online 10 audio monologues by winners of its One Night In Bolton creative writing competition.

The competition invited entries inspired by the play that was to have been the opening production at the theatre’s reopening, after two years of construction (see here). The monologues will be performed by a talented group of actors and will be released online over the summer. A selection will also be heard on BBC Radio Manchester.

The cast includes Bolton actor and BAFTA nominee Ruth Madeley, known for her role in the BBC’s drama Years and Years. She will perform two works, The Queen of Bolton Baths by Pegeen Murphy, about how a young girl's imagination runs wild the day the Queen visits Bolton, and Results Day by Ciaran Forrest, a poem about the night that follows the publication of a teenager’s exam results.

Lights Out by Bill Hodson will be performed by Manchester actor Daon Broni. It’s a football-themed monologue about Bolton Wanderers’ final game at Burnden Park. Daon will also perform Nowt Worth More than Sand by Ibrahim Ismail, about a young boy’s discovery of the true value of his family's belongings.

Local actor Shaban Dar will perform Olympic Torch: Once in a Lifetime by under-18s category winner James Storey, about the gathering of a local family to watch the Olympic Torch in 2012. Shaban will also perform Roots by Linda Downs, about a family from Pakistan making a new home in Bolton.

Bolton born musical theatre favourite Claire Moore will make her Octagon debut performing Grandma’s Chippy Night by Julie Worthington, a tale of childhood memories of the importance of food, family and coming together. Claire will also voice The Constance Carroll Smile by Lisa Allen, about the highs and lows of a night on the town in the 1980s.

Completing the cast is Karla Marie Sweet in Pilgrimage to Bolton by Zoe Iqbal, about a group of teenage friends on a night out in Bolton. Karla will also be bringing to life The Same by Loraine Knockton, about a woman who takes a leap of faith and explores her true feelings.

Artistic Director Lotte Wakeham said,The competition shone a light on some amazing local writing talent and I can't wait to work with the cast to bring the stories to life and share them with audiences over the coming weeks.”

The winning entries will be released daily online on the Octagon’s website and social media channels from July 27. More info here