Manchester’s Award Winning Theatre For Participation.
The Edge runs a comprehensive participatory programme alongside a professional theatre provision (both a receiving and producing house), working with people who are homeless, vulnerable adults and young people using high-quality theatre and arts to transform lives.
Based in a 19th Century former Red Cross Hospital in Chorlton, South Manchester, The Edge is fast becoming a unique space to take part in great theatre and see high-quality, small-scale theatre from around the country. It was launched in 2011 with award winning actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sir Mark Rylance as its patrons.
The Edge also houses rehearsal rooms and workshop spaces available for hire and is home to a fabulous cafe The Dressing Room which hosts a training programme in hospitality for adults with learning disabilities.
As a registered charity, you can support this work by becoming an Edge Mate here
…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.
When Did You Stop Dancing
Thursday 11th October
A story that explores how we interact with public space and each other in 2018. Told with tenderness and some truly, terrible jokes.
Mum’s The Word
Friday 19th October 2018
See the best stand ups on the circuit without having to leave your baby at home.
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.
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.
Sign up as a member and choose us and read more about our project: