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 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 award winning 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

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.”