From Friday 11 to Sunday 19 August 2023, the Royal Exchange Theatre hosted 11 workshops, 17 performances, 320 participants, 794 audience members and 97 non-professional performers in our mobile theatre ‘The Den’ for the East Manchester Community Festival.

The programme featured workshops on photography, dance, music, circus skills and performances of ‘Today The Streets Are Ours’ a play inspired by M11, ‘Rum’ a play exploring masculinity and mental health, and ‘Chaos’ performed by Royal Exchange Young Company, and many more. The festival ended with a sober rave from ‘BORN FREE’ which is a regular fixture from the Resonance Centre, a local well-being hub in Clayton. There was family focused activity with performances ‘African Stories’, ‘Can You Help Miss Babbity Rabbit Henrietta Flufflehop?’ and ‘The Street Where I Live’, but also crafts and a treasure hunt for anyone passing by. Throughout the festival there were exhibitions and free food from an array of local businesses and communities.

  • Photo by Joel Fildes