Be a soldier at Journey’s End?

Journey's End
Journey's End

The Octagon Theatre Bolton is looking for young men who are 18 or over with a playing age of 18-30 years old to audition for the Octagon’s first two productions in the 2014 – 2015 Season: Journey’s End (Thursday, September 4– Saturday, October 4) and Early One Morning (Thursday, October 9 – Saturday, November 1.

No previous acting experience is necessary to be in the Community Company, although some singing ability would be beneficial.

All applicants must fill in an application form and return it to the Octagon by Wednesday, July 23. Invited auditions will be held on Sunday, July 27 at the Octagon Theatre Bolton.

There will be two teams of six required for Journey’s End, who will perform on a rotating schedule.

A separate team of eight is required for Early One Morning.

All of the Community Company roles being cast are voluntary, and no expenses will be paid.

Applicants must be prepared to make a commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule.

For an information pack and application form please visit

Journey’s End is considered one of the greatest war plays ever written, and is being staged to commemorate the outbreak of World War One a century ago this year.

Based on RC Sherriff’s own experience of the First World War, the play is written with the authenticity and compassion of a soldier who became intimately acquainted with the nightmare of life in the trenches, and the extraordinary courage of those who fought there.

Meanwhile, Early One Morning is written by Bolton playwright Les Smith.

It is based on the true story of 26-year-old soldier James Smith from Bolton, who fought in some of the fiercest battles of the ‘Great War’; he was wounded, promoted, and received two Good Conduct Medals.

A brave soldier who would eventually be put on trial for his life – by his own side.

Tickets for Journey’s End and Early One Morning are on sale now from £26.50 - £10, book on 01204 520661 or at