Octagon launches local playwriting competition


Paul Genty

1 May 2020

Bolton-wide contest to give writers a creative outlet

Bolton Octagon has launched a creative writing competition for amateur writers aged 11 and over.

The contest is inspired by the Octagon’s upcoming production of One Night in Bolton by Becky Prestwich (dates tbc), which begins with two audience members at the opening night of the original Octagon back in 1967, then follows them to the present day.

The theatre is asking Boltonians to write their own One Night in Bolton stories and memories, set in Bolton any time from the 1960s to today. The work – maximum 500 words – can be a short story, monologue script or poem based on a memory, real event or fictional event. 

The winning pieces in two categories (young people aged 11-17 and adults aged over 18) will be recorded by a professional actor and shared online. A selection will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester.

One of the judges is One Night in Bolton writer Becky Prestwich, who said: One of my favourite parts of researching One Night in Bolton was listening to people recounting their memories of nights out in the town, from lime and soda at the Beachcomber after school to wild nights at Cinderella Rockerfellas. Bolton is a town bubbling with stories – and I can’t wait to read yours.”

The theatre will be producing blogs and videos with writing tips. Entrants have from now until June 1 to submit finished work. 

Find out more about the contest and how to send in your work here