A fitting venue for tale of pain and hope
BOLTON Octagon’s production, And Did Those Feet written by Les Smith and Martin Thomasson, directed by award-winning director and lecturer David Thacker was made very special by the choice of venue being Bolton F.C.’s stadium.
Set in nineteen twenty-three. The play is a story in which the pain of life in the early Twentieth Century is encapsulated into a series of football games that started in Bolton.
The Bolton Wanderers climbed to the pinnacle of the beautiful game winning the F.A. Cup at Wembley Stadium, London.
It is the story of talented young men cut down by the guns of World War One. Of hunger, poverty, short time work and the fight between the moneyed and working classes.
It is the story of women left alone without support, the men who returned, sick in heart and head to a world that promised nothing.
Above all it’s the story of hope. Hope in the future, hope that the shining star of success can be brought home to Bolton by the winning of the game. It is an evening that allows us to enter into the joy and pride felt by the community at that time.
Martin Barrass, known by television vision viewers from Emmerdale, Heartbeat, and Angels played the indefatigable Bob Stott for the third time. Colin Connor played Alf who mourns his son lost in the war, Barbara Drennan his wife, the essence of northern female strength.
Nathan Ives-Moiba the image of their son Billy. Ciaren Griffiths and Helen O’Hara the young couple desperately trying to save enough to marry.
Bolton’s Octagon Theatre has served the community for fifty years developing a reputation for innovative and inspiring work.
Currently, the theatre itself is undergoing an exciting refurbishment that is the biggest in its history.
It will include improved wheelchair access and facilities, provide more space for working with young people and for community needs including a purpose-built studio.
New seating, café, bar, accessible rehearsal room and dressing rooms.
We can all help in the refurbishment of this wonderful community facility in several ways including by buying a brick, Gold £1,000. Silver £500, Bronze £50 or sponsor a seat for £500 in memory of a loved one or as a unique gift displaying your message. Any donation no matter how small will make a difference. You can donate by phone, online, or pop into the box office.
Visit: https:// octagonbolton.co.uk/ octagon-reimagined/
Bolton Octagon’s production of And Did Those Feet