What a year for The Edge and what a time to be running a cultural organisation! Arguably it’s never been harder to sustain an Arts charity, certainly it’s never been so important. This year we’ve worked with so many people who are struggling, people who are lonely or isolated, people who, by taking part in creative activities have been able to make real and positive changes in their lives. As Manchester’s Award Winning Theatre for Participation, The Edge has become a go to destination for individuals, groups and referral agencies, providing a safe and welcoming space for people from all backgrounds to come together and enjoy the wonders that taking part – either as participant or spectator – in culture can bring.

Founded in 2011, The Edge is a thriving and accessible cultural hub, creating and presenting high-quality theatre and performance, and delivering a rich programme of meaningful and life changing participatory activities. The Edge is Chorlton’s first designated performing arts space and has successfully captured both its local community and a wider Greater Manchester audience in its reach.

The work of the company is informed by a simple principle: that everyone should have access to the Arts as a basic human right. We believe that the higher the quality of the work, the richer and more rewarding the experience, whether that’s as spectator or participant.

The Edge produces theatre which is inclusive, inspiring, irreverent, joyful and full of hope. We engage babies to elders and everyone in between. We create opportunities for vulnerable adults and children to improve their life chances by becoming active creative citizens. We run classes and courses for Manchester’s residents to develop their creative skills and improve their health and wellbeing along the way. We provide space for Manchester’s creative professionals to develop their craft and to create new work.



The Edge is home to exciting world class theatre, new writing and musical journeys, stimulating and inclusive programming, inspiring and imaginative collaborations, and irreverent and hopeful stories.

We work with vulnerable adults, emerging artists and world class theatre practitioners to deliver this vision.

Find out more about how the work we did changed the lives of the people taking part in 2017/18 in our Impact Report. Take a look at the digital version or you can download a copy:

If you want to support this work by making a donation you can do this 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

Sir Mark Rylance talks about the importance of the work of The Edge, while on set filming for Steven Spielberg’s The BFG.

“The Edge Theatre hunts out people. People who are lonely, people who are poor, people with mental illness, young people…lots of different people in the community who don’t have access to stories and the arts and enables them to take part…the particular way the theatre tells stories, the emotional nature of it and the involvement in other people’s stories (either as an actor or writer or member of the audience), it’s a crucial part of our health.”