Bolton’s renowned Octagon Theatre has been marking Refugee Week, which celebrates the creativity people who have fled wars and disasters.

The week began got underway on Monday and will continue over the coming days, with staff at the Octagon saying they are proud to play their parts in highlighting the creative potential of refugees.

This comes alongside a range of activities planned by the theatre.

A statement from the Octagon said: “This week is Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

“We're proud to support refugees and asylum seekers in Bolton.

“To find out more about our Women's Group for refugee and asylum seekers please email:”

Events will be held all across the country marking the cultural contribution of refugees, including plays, musical performances and musical performances.

In Bolton’s case the Octagon Theatre’s Women’s Group gives people from a refugee and asylum seeker background the chance to develop drama skills and make new friends in their new home in what the theatre says is a “relaxed and friendly environment.”

The workshops are led by an Octagon facilitator with support from volunteers from the Destitution Project and are always interested in new comers wanting to take part.