A unique opportunity for aspiring directors and theatre-makers based in Greater Manchester.

As part of our ongoing commitment to nurture, support and inspire local theatre-makers, the Royal Exchange Theatre are able to offer directors based in Greater Manchester the opportunity to observe the journey of a production throughout the rehearsal process.

Within a creative and supportive environment, selected participants will be invited to observe rehearsals every Monday from the first day through to Press Night. The times of the rehearsal will be dictated by the director and may vary but expected attendance is between 9am – 6pm. Observers will receive also mentoring from our Associate Artistic Director, Matthew Xia, tickets to see the production and a one-to-one meeting with the director of the production.

“We are really excited to create an opportunity for theatre-makers in Greater Manchester to experience all the elements of creating a production and gain a greater understanding of the various processes and creative collaborations that bring work to our audiences." Sarah Frankcom, Artistic Director


'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.'
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