Based in a former Red Cross Hospital in Chorlton, South Manchester, The Edge is a little theatre with big aspirations. Launched in 2011 with award winning actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and Mark Rylance as its Patrons, the 70 seat venue is both a receiving and a producing house, with a particular interest in theatre for children, musical theatre and new writing.
“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
At the Edge we are committed to developing new audiences and we run a comprehensive participatory programme alongside our professional theatre provision. The Edge also houses an established amateur theatre company and a range of ways for our local community to get involved in theatre and the arts.
“Access to stories and the particular way that theatre tells stories, the emotional nature of it, the involvement in other people’s stories, either as an actor or member of the audience – it’s a crucial part of our health.
The Edge Theatre hunts out people. People who are lonely, people who are poor, people with mental illness, young people who are in school, lots of different people in the community who don’t have access to stories & the arts and enables them to take part in the arts and to tell their own stories, or to witness other people telling stories. One of the basic needs I feel that we have as people is to be witnessed, for someone to know who we are and to find a way to say who we are”
Mark Rylance, Oscar Winning Actor & The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre Patron
In 2012 we became a lead partner in Big Imaginations, an Arts Council funded strategic touring consortium; bringing the best in theatre for children and families to the North West.
Get in touch with us on 0161 282 9776