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

Manchester’s Award Winning Theatre For Participation

In 2021 The Edge celebrated its 10th year as Manchester’s Theatre for Participation. Since opening, our beautiful venue has entertained, captivated and enthralled audiences with some of the best small scale touring theatre in the country, alongside our own productions made by our wonderful in-house creatives.

Over the years we’ve worked with hundreds of fantastic actors and musicians; many are professional, some have learning disabilities, some have experience of homelessness, some are from our local community and all of them are brilliant!

As theatre makers we delight in creating shows which reflect the world that we live in, even if we’ve set them on the moon. They’re honest, relevant and always full of hope.

As leaders in participation we provide a range of exciting opportunities for people to be creative. At The Edge you can Act, Sing, Dance, play the Ukulele, Write, Paint, Draw or just be. Our café is known as one of the most friendly and welcoming in Chorlton!

Whether you’re a professional or community artist, a new-comer to the world or a veteran of it, participant or audience member, The Edge is your theatre and arts centre in Manchester.

“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.”

Sir Mark Rylance on the importance of the work of The Edge.