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Turn the theatre into the fun palace of your dreams

FREE workshops for everyone!
We will be holding two fantastic FREE workshops this September where you can redesign the Exchange (if you want to!), the Great Hall, the programme, the work in communities, the vibe!  The work produced will be exhibited at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of this year's FUN PALACES!
You'll be working with the Royal Exchange’s Director of Engagement Amanda Dalton, and Theatre Designer Amanda Stoodley, whose previous designs for the Exchange include HAMLET, BLACK ROSES, TWO, WINTERLONG, TRUTH ABOUT YOUTH FESTIVAL  and MAKING AN EXHIBITION OF OURSELVES.

Wednesday 23 September BOOK NOW 6pm – 8.30pm (everyone aged 14+)

Wednesday 30 September
BOOK NOW 6pm – 8.30pm (everyone aged 14+)

Book for one, book for both. Each workshop different. FREE but TICKETED. Box Office 0161 833 9833 or online

And don’t worry if you feel like you can’t draw or write. There’ll be theatre artists in the room to help, and remember, the motto of FUN PALACES is  Everyone an Artist. Everyone a Scientist...

National Fun Palaces weekend is 3 and 4 October. We’re going to create an exhibition of your ideas in the Lounge at the theatre for this weekend, and there will be free drop in workshops on the 4 October, for all the family.
YOU, THE AUDIENCE is a year-long collaborative adventure with  Royal Exchange  audiences of all ages. We want to explore the special relationship between the building we inhabit, the  work we make and the people we make it with and for.

FUN PALACES are free, welcoming, annual events held across the country, combining arts and sciences, made for an with local people. The Fun Palace campaign is an ongoing movement for culture at the heart of our communities. The idea was conceived by theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price in the early 1960s. They described a Fun Palace as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and a ‘university of the streets.’