The Edge Working In Partnership With The Booth Centre


The Edge runs a resident performance company of actors with lived experience of homelessness. This company produces two show a year, working alongside professional actors and musicians.

48 weeks a year, our Musical and Artistic Directors also run weekly relaxed acting and singing workshops for rough sleepers with profound complex needs.

This show was an absolutely joyful experience, as community theatre can be at its best. It was clear that all the cast – each of whose voices was heard to great effect – all were totally invested in the work & all shared ownership. On top of this, there was skill displayed with a lovely lightness of touch, it was so well put together. And finally, it was very poignant. Glorious.
Images from “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – July 2018.
Images by Matt Priestly
I think the activities are very important. It gives me something to do, something to leave the house for. When you’re depressed and you do things, surely that helps you! The drama brings me out of myself, especially if you are in my situation because I don’t see a lot of people, I had a flat but I had to keep myself to myself so I didn’t see anyone for long period of time. I did think of suicide. But the drama helped me. I feel accepted now. It feels like a family. I like coming to The Edge – I am accepted as me.
The Edge in Chorlton have built up a huge and deserved reputation for working with people who are, for the want of a better phrase, on the ‘edge’ of society…

This show was giving these citizens a meaning and a reason to stay alive perhaps sounds a little melodramatic and exaggerated; but after speaking with some of them after the show, that really was the case. I can only continue my own silent applause now as I type – not just to those who performed the show, but to all those who had the vision and dedication to see this project through and make it work so wonderfully.

– Matthew Dougall, Review Number 9 (They Can't Take That Away From Me - July 2018)