2021 is our Golden Anniversary and we are very proud to think that we have been entertaining the people of Thornbury for 50 years! We are really hoping that we can start the year with our Pantomime, Aladdin. 50 years ago this was the first Pantomime that Octopus performed, written by Joe Dunthorn a local teacher. This 2021 version has been written by Octopus member Alison Bagnall and will be a colourful, modern update of the original story. As Alison is also our wardrobe mistress, amazing costumes are guaranteed. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that our panto can go ahead but if not we will definitely be back in June with our play. Written by Tony Domaille, Give Us a Sign is a 3 Act comedy and we are proud and delighted to be performing Tony’s first full length play. Over the years we have performed many Pantomimes and one act plays written by Tony which have always been very well received so we hope to see you all in June, if not before, when Octopus will once again be entertaining the people of Thornbury and celebrating 50 years of comedy, drama, song and dance. Until then, keep safe and keep smiling.
'Octopus' was conceived in 1971 as a multi-denominational society which would bring people of the Thornbury area together for an assortment of social activities. Some tentacles have withered and died, but the drama tentacle has developed beyond all expectations.
We perform three shows a year: a pantomime in January, a play in June, and a revue in October - proceeds from the October show go to charity.
We perform our shows in the Christ the King Church Hall, Castle Street, in Thornbury.