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REMAINS in the Reveal Festival at Bolton Octagon

REMAINS in the Reveal Festival at Bolton Octagon

ALRA North 2012 graduates Rick Bithell and Heather Carroll were part of the first intake of PG students on this campus and always had a passion for naturalistic performance. This led to the creation of troublehouse theatre in the Summer of 2014 with the aim to not just encourage and support the theatrical industry in the North but in doing so also raise the bar in the expectations of fringe theatre audiences.

heatherThey wanted to create professional theatre with the same high quality production elements that you would find coming out of any of the established North West based theatres.

In March 2017, troublehouse theatre will showcase Remains, a new play by award-winning writer Alison Carr which highlights the issues of child safety and child sexual exploitation. The production will be in collaboration with the Octagon Theatre, Bolton as part of the return of their Reveal Season in 2017. The production also coincides with Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on Saturday 18th March.

Remains is a site specific, immersive theatre production staged inside a residential property on Midhurst Close in Bolton. troublehouse theatre are working in partnership with Bolton Council and Bolton At Home to stage this site specific piece of theatre and the charities ‘Missing People’ and ‘The Children’s Society’ to help raise awareness in Bolton (and the North West) of this real danger to vulnerable young adults.rick

Programmed by the Octagon Theatre, Remains explores the themes of family, identity and loss as audiences are invited inside the home of Elle and Susan on the anniversary of their sister’s disappearance on her way home from school.

The company will use the mentoring received from its partner charities ‘Missing People’ and ‘The Children’s Society’ to offer a drop-in service at the property every day for those wishing to learn about the project, the issues it addresses and the work these charities undertake.

“Children go missing for many different reasons but without exception if a child is missing they could be at risk of serious harm. ‘Remains’ highlights this in the starkest way imaginable while shining a light on how child grooming can sadly be a factor when children go missing.” -Paul Maher, Greater Manchester Area Manager at The Children’s Society

Remains runs from 13th-18th March at 2, Midhurst Close, Bolton BL1 2XF.

All tickets are £5. Press Night is at 7pm on Monday 13th March.

Tickets can also be bought online here.  

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At each Friday night performance of any ALRA show there will hold back 5 complimentary tickets for our ALRA graduates.

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