Housing association kids visit Octagon theatre

First published in The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainment reporter

CHILDREN and adults from across Bolton visited a theatre to celebrate an ongoing arts project.

Bolton at Home and the Octagon Theatre have worked together for the past 10 years to provide arts in a variety of settings across Bolton.

Roddy Gauld, Octagon Theatre chief executive, said: “Our shared goal is to use the arts to transform communities.

“Bolton at Home has collaborated with us on a number of projects, from working with vulnerable young people to providing creative opportunities for people who have experienced mental health problems.

"We are continuing to develop partnership projects to strengthen sustainable arts provision for our communities and engage more individuals and groups in the arts.”

To mark the partnership, a celebration event was held earlier this month which saw 100 people — including residents from The Willows Project and Farnworth Parents Group — attend a matinee performance of the Octagon’s festive production Robin Hood.

Jon Lord, chief executive of Bolton at Home, said: “Bolton at Home is really pleased to have formed this ongoing partnership, which will bring the Octagon Theatre into our communities and offer our tenants and families the opportunity to see great performances and take part in workshops and events, making the Octagon a true community theatre within Bolton.”

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