Based in a 19th Century former Red Cross Hospital in Chorlton, South Manchester, The Edge is an award winning theatre (both a receiving and producing house), a thriving arts centre, a charity working with homeless people, vulnerable adults and young people to use high quality arts to transform lives, and a cafe which is also a training centre for adults with learning disabilities.
The Edge was launched in 2011 with award winning actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sir Mark Rylance as its patrons.
The Edge is committed to programming and developing the best new writing, fantastic children’s theatre from around the country and new and groundbreaking musical theatre.
…alongside the excellent work on stage, there’s good stuff happening throughout the organisation, with a participation programme as inclusive as it is ambitious.Rob Martin, Time Out
We are passionate about what we do. But we need your help. There are many ways that you can support The Edge and everything that we do here from becoming a regular donor to simply choosing to have your brew in our café The Dressing Room, which trains adults with learning disabilities in hospitality.
Two Little Ducks
Thursday 17th May 2018
Matt Abbott presents a personal and political spoken word show exploring the chaos behind Brexit.
Saturday 26th May 2018
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, and never judge a lion by it’s ROAR!
We are delighted that The Dressing Room Café has been chosen as one of the three local Chorlton co-op causes you can support.
We want to install an accessible point of sale system in our cafe which will help adults with learning difficulties complete traineeships.
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A great space to relax with a coffee while you wait for a class, grab a pre-theatre meal, or simply relax with a piece of cake while enjoying the surroundings. Based at The Edge, our cafe is in the heart of Chorlton and on sunny days you can enjoying your coffee or cake in our secret garden. We also have a large selection on options including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. All of our meals are made fresh in the cafe by our Chef Jim. Our cafe also provides catering for your conference, event or meeting.
The Dressing Room Cafe is our cafe and arts space and a dedicated training facility in hospitality for adults with learning disabilities. Trainees have the opportunity to learn skills which can be applied in a real working environment and also transferred and applied to other areas of life.