Love On The Dole – Octagon, Bolton

By Sadia Habib

Manchester Mouth’s entertainment guru talks economic turmoil in her review of David Thacker’s adaptation of ‘Love On The Dole’ the Octagon, Bolton.

Octagon’s Love On The Dole is based on a 1930s Walter Greenwood novel (which was later adapted by Ronald Gow). Born in 1903 in Ellor Street, Salford, Greenwood inherited his parents’ and grandparents’ ambitions to leave behind this neighbourhood with its “jungles of tiny houses cramped and huddled together” in which “men and women are born, live, love and die and pay preposterous rents for the privilege of calling the grimy houses ‘home'”.

Throughout Thacker’s production we see how poverty pervades the lives of the characters of Hanky Park, a working-class community in Salford. The characters are struggling to get by on the pittance earned and this tale highlights the plight of those who are desperate to get out, “Hanky Park…we can’t get away…it gets everybody”.

To read the rest of this review visit ManchesterMouth.co.uk

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A Streetcar Named Desire – Octagon, Bolton.

Manchester Mouth’s entertainment guru Sadia Habib reviews David Thacker’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Octagon, Bolton.

A classic play that some would say is synonymous with a young and unknown Marlon Brando. If you have seen the film adaptation you will have high expectations of Thacker’s production and these will be fulfilled.

The star of the show is Clare Foster (Blanche Dubois) for she manages to carry each of her scenes with energy and intensity in a long production, which reminds the audience of Blanche’s very nervous disposition. 

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Rafta Rafta – Octagon, Bolton

MANCHESTER Mouth community reporter Sadia Habib reviews ‘Rafta Rafta’ showing at Octagon Theatre, Bolton.

Maybe you missed the popular and successful 2007 run of Rafta Rafta in London.  Luckily it is showing again and this time at a local venue – Octagon Theatre in Bolton.

Rafta Rafta is an adaptation of Bill Naughton’s play ‘All In Good Time’ by Ayub Khan-Din, who wrote the well-known hit ‘East is East’.

Set in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Rafta Rafta explores the life of an immigrant Indian family.

To read the rest of this review visit the Culture section of the main Manchester Mouth website.