Playwright's centenary 

Photo of Bill Naughton
Bolton playwright, Bill Naughton

Bolton is set to celebrate one of its most famous literary sons, Bill Naughton.

This year marks the centenary of Naughton’s birth and the town will come together on Saturday, May 29 for a series of celebratory events.  

The day begins with an official launch at 10am at Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive by the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor John Byrne, who will be joined by representatives from The University of Bolton, The Octagon Theatre and Bill Naughton’s widow Erna.

This will be followed by an academic conference in the Lecture Theatre and a chance to view items from the Naughton archive at the museum.

The Octagon Theatre is offering the chance to spend the day observing how the novel Alfie moves from page to performance, culminating in a read-through by actors. 

A number of activities will take place on Victoria Square from 10am to 2pm, including an opportunity for people to record their own memories of Bolton.

Also, a minibus tour of Naughton’s Bolton will look at where The Family Way and Spring and Port Wine were filmed at 11am and 1pm.

And the day comes to a close with The Octagon Theatre’s performance of Rafta Rafta, a play based on The Family Way, set it in a contemporary British Asian context.

Further information about the academic conference is available from The University of Bolton and tickets for Rafta Rafta can be booked at The Octagon Theatre, via the links on the right.

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