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The Octagon Theatre will be running a half term arts project at the HAFWAY community centre for any of Bolton’s budding stage hands or stars of the future.

The Octagon Arts Project, which anyone over the age of 10 can take part in, includes a number of sessions on drama, dance, hair and make-up, sound, lighting, and set design and will run from Monday to Friday (February 15-19).

Funding for the project has been secured thanks to the hard work of teenagers from Halliwell, who made a request to their local area forum for cash to provide more positive activities.

The area forum agreed and allowed the young people to choose how best to spend the £10,000 allocated. The arts project is just one of the ways in which this money will provide opportunities for young people in the area.

The sessions will run throughout the week and include:
• Dance at St Matthews Church on Tuesday (February 16)
• Drama at HAFWAY on Wednesday (February 17)
• Hair and Make- up at HAFWAY on Thursday (February 18)
• Sound and lighting at Gaskell Primary school on Thursday (February 18)
• Set and costume design at Gaskell Primary school on Friday (February 19)

All sessions take place from 2 until 4pm.

Anyone interested in attending needs to register at HAFWAY – based in St Pauls Community Centre, Halliwell Road – next Monday (February 15) between 11am and 3pm. Further details will also be made available on the registration day.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “The project sounds really exciting. All these activities provide young people with the chance to do something completely new. You never know, perhaps some of those participating will decide they want to pursue a career in drama or production and go on to be Bolton’s next big star.”

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