As part of our ongoing commitment to nurture, support and inspire local theatre-makers, the Royal Exchange Theatre offers directors based in Greater Manchester the opportunity to observe the journey of a production through rehearsals with our Observer Mondays Scheme.
Within the creative and supportive environment of this major producing theatre, selected participants will be assigned to a production of their choice and invited to observe rehearsals every Monday from the first day through to Press Night. They will receive mentoring from one of our Associate Artistic Director, tickets to see the production and a one-to-one meeting with the director of the production.
The times of the rehearsal will be dictated by the director and may vary. You should expect to be in attendance approximately between 9am – 6pm.
"It provided for me, as an aspiring director, a view which isn’t really given. Simply being in a rehearsal room and just watching - watching how a piece is developed at a professional level. This is something that, at an early stage, directors tend to just guess and simply plough through. With Observer Monday’s week-by-week you gain more insight and really go on a journey with the cast and crew. The scheme provided by the Royal Exchange is a necessary step to understand the inner workings of productions and how a finished product is achieved. If you have any interest in theatre production particularly how a director works, this is a scheme to be involved in." Monique Touko Observer Mondays Director on The Rolling Stone
APPLICATIONS FOR THE AUTUMN/WINTER 2018/19 SEASON HAVE NOW CLOSED.
Each Observer will be writing a weekly blog on this page to share their learning from the experience. The next round of applications for Observer Mondays for Spring/Summer 2019 Season will be announced in December 2018. To stay updated, please join the Open Exchange.
Observer Mondays Director: Maureen O’Neill
Observer Mondays Director: Fereshteh Mozaffari
Observer Mondays Director: Chantell Walker
Observer Mondays Director: Nadia Emam
Emerging Directors on the Open Exchange network can also access other opportunities including Observer Mondays.
Open Exchange provides a series of developmental opportunities for emerging artists of all disciplines, rooted in the belief that collaboration creates great art and brilliant theatre doesn't always begin with a script. Sign up here for opportunities.