June 25, 2021 Edge

THE EDGE REOPENS WITH A NEWLY REFURBISHED BUILDING AND A SEASON OF NEW WRITING, COMEDY, SPOKEN WORD, MUSIC AND LOTS OF SPINACH!

Live Theatre returns to The Edge this September and the opening season promises to be one to remember

when it’s doors open for the first time in 18 months, and to a completely refurbished building!

Following funding from The National Lottery, Veolia Environmental Trust, Viridor Credits and Albert Gubay Foundation, The Edge Manchester’s theatre for participation, has undergone major refurbishments to their 19th Century building, a former Red Cross Hospital based right in the heart of Chorlton.

Opening with AIR, the latest production from the critically acclaimed Booth Centre Theatre Company, featuring special guests!

The year is 2121 and Dougal, a cog tightener on the AIR machine, goes to visit his computer uploaded Gran to learn about the place they called Manchester, in an area they called the North.

In September we launch our new monthly show That Sketch Show, a brand new satirical comedy night at The Edge. Writers at all stages of their journey are invited to submit sketches and one liners, with the best making it onto the Edge’s stage.

With an emphasis on topical, the show delivers the morning’s headlines each evening, performed by some of the best comedy and musical talent from Manchester and beyond!

As 2021 draws to a close, we see the very welcome return of SPINACH by The Edge.

“A classy comedy thriller.” The Stage   Thrills, abduction, pills, attraction, laughs, prescriptions… and it’s all sung   Imagine waking up, but you’re not in your bed. Imagine waking up, realizing you’ve been drugged and you’re tied to a stranger… a stranger you can’t see. Neither of you knows how you got there and neither of you knows how to escape.   Tom and Kate can’t remember a thing…. not about the last few days anyway. Everything is a total blank, except for a halloumi kebab and a double-decker bus. As piece by piece they unravel their memories, each step brings them closer to knowing their captors, closer to their terrifying fate… and closer to each other.

We have live theatre from Paines Plough and Soho Theatre with Sessions, a raw, funny, bittersweet deep- dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy by Ifeyinwa Frederick. Initiative Arts present Double Ender by Joshua Val Martin and Jez Dolan, three nights of LGBTQ stories of attitude and change while elsewhere in the programme there is new productions from Manchester Active Youth Theatre, Chalkline, and Paper Mug Theatre.

We bring you a programme of spoken word with poet Luke Wright (described by The Independent as ‘one of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation’), cult performance poet JB Barrington and a night of spoken word presented by LIVEwire, featuring performances from nationally renowned poets Toria Garbutt, Ella Otomewo, Andrew McMillan, Maria Ferguson and Matt Abbott.

Yorkshire poet & Broadcaster Ian McMillan and award winning cartoonist Tony Husband present their fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure A Cartoon History of Here for the final time as they reflect upon local stories and legends and Barb Jungr returns to The Edge with her new show Forgetful Heart where she continues her love affair with the work of two of the most important songwriters of the 20th Century: Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

And there will be laughs a plenty with the cabaret night Tickle Your Fancy, and the return of the ‘bring your own baby’ stand up show Mum’s The Word