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. We are also home to The Dressing Room Café ,which is also a training centre in hospitality 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.

Find out more about our professional company and our participatory programmes below:


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 producers of high quality professional theatre, producing work showing both locally and nationally with a focus on music and theatre.

Alongside our professional provision we deliver a comprehensive participatory theatre programme running long-term projects with vulnerable adults and young people. We also have a training programme in hospitality for adults with learning difficulties in our café, The Dressing Room.

We are dedicated to supporting and developing Manchester-based artists and theatre makers with our Made At The Edge programme.