by David Holman


Age Advice: 9 - 13

Bolts was a play written for Theatre Centre by David Holman in 1980. It was presented to audiences of 9- to 13-year-olds.

This is the story of a young girl called Emma Dooley with the type of ambition that tested the norms of society at that particular time. She lives in a male-dominated era, where women are expected to be cleaners, canteen workers or secretaries, but she wants more for herself. Emma is determined to join the he research and development section of Bolts, a giant international engineering factory. She dreams of being a skilled engineer but nobody will listen. This all changes when the village of Brightswater is threatened by a ticking bomb that only Emma knows anything about. Will she manage to save everyone in the village, and will it be enough to persuade Bolts to change its policy towards girls?


(Four actors)

Creative Team

Writer: David Holmon
Designer: Amanda Wilson
Director: Roger Watkins

The information on this page has been gathered from archive materials and is incomplete. Do you have more information about this play, or were you involved in its production? Let us know by leaving a comment below or contacting us.

A copy of the script is held in Theatre Centre’s archive.

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