Last summer we brought you the news that troublehouse had been chosen to perform in the ‘Reveal Season’: a festival hosted by the Bolton Octagon with the aim of creating a ‘platform for emerging and established artists and theatre companies to showcase extraordinary new work.’ Following a hugely successful run (as well as by picking up an MTA nomination) the Reveal Season returns this March.

Children go missing for many different reasons but without exception if a child is missing they could be at risk of serious harm. ‘Remains’ highlights this in the starkest way imaginable while shining a light on how child grooming can sadly be a factor when children go missing, as well as some of the challenges these young people face in their daily lives which add to their vulnerability.

– Paul Maher, Greater Manchester Area Manager at The Children’s Society


The festival’s concept of showcasing extraordinary new work certainly proved to be the case in the original season and now, with only 8 weeks until opening night, we can begin to shed some light on what we’ve had in the pipeline for the last 12 months.

One of the aims on which troublehouse was founded was to promote new pieces of writing from Northern authors and, where possible, bringing them to audiences in alternative venues other than established theatre spaces. The Octagon’s ‘Reveal Season’ provides us with a fantastic opportunity to fulfil both of these aims at once.

This March troublehouse are proud to present the premiere of award winning writer Alison Carr’s new play ‘Remains’.


In rehearsals with director David Crowley and actor Kathryn Blackburn.

Born and bred in the North East, Alison’s impressive CV boasts national reviews and includes a recent nomination for ‘Iris’ amongst The Guardian’s “Readers’ favourite stage shows of 2016”.

Originally written for the stage, Alison has collaborated with troublehouse over the past year to bring her wonderfully accurate portrayal of a family torn apart by the grief of a missing child to a new, unconventional setting as we take our audiences inside the home itself. ‘Remains’ will be a site specific production in collaboration with social housing company ‘Bolton At Home’ as well as the Bolton Council.

Although a fictional story, the very real issues of child safety and child abduction that arise from the context of ‘Remains’ have allowed troublehouse the honour of forming partnerships with the charities ‘Missing People’ and ‘The Children’s Society’.


Missing People is pleased to see ‘missing’ being brought to the public’s attention through troublehouse’s ‘Remains’ project. The project seeks to highlight the plight of many of the 140,000 young people who disappear from home each year, enabling vulnerable children to seek support should they ever find themselves in such a situation.

– Alison Taylor, Missing People


In between performances the house will act as a drop-in centre for those wishing to learn more about the work these two organisations undertake every day.

For more information about ‘Remains’ including casting and booking information visit the Octagon’s Website.