Coronation street legend Tupele Dorgu will read one of three winning monologues of the Octagon Theatre Bolton’s first National Prize.

The three winners were selected from hundreds of submissions from across the globe for the Octagon's inaugural National Prize celebrating the best new monologues.

Dorgu, who played Kelly Crabtree in Coronation Street and recently starred as Lori Fletcher in BBC’s The Coroner, will be making her debut at the Octagon Theatre Bolton as Yolanda in Shauna Mackay's Nobody Can Never Get Us Back.

Yolanda Black is more than her trauma. Yolanda is Yolanda and that’s a lot. She’s got daughters, dogs, jobs, words, shoes—only the one husband—though some might say not quite. Yolanda likes to look after everybody and bother nobody. She is a woman who, if told she was unsung, would sing.

Returning after starring as the feisty Rita in Educating Rita, Jessica Baglow will be taking on the role of Amber in Charlotte Josephine’s Blue.

After his role of the young farmer Gilbert in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Michael Peavoy is back to perform in Ian Townsend’s Being Amazing as Leon.

These brand new monologues will be being performed alongside the Octagon’s main auditorium production of Alan Bennett’s legendary Talking Heads.

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director at the Octagon, says of the monologues: “Here at the Octagon, we believe it is incredibly important to showcase new writing and to help it to grow.

“Our National Octagon Prize is all about encouraging people to write, regardless of their experience, and giving them a chance to see their work come to life in a professional theatre with professional actors. All three of these monologues amazed us when we read them, and it will be a joy to be able to share them for the very first time with the audiences of Bolton and beyond.

These new monologues will be performed in the Octagon’s First Words season in the Studio Theatre from Wednesday 21st June to Saturday 8th July 2017.

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