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.'
Monique Touko Observer Mondays Director on The Rolling Stone.

This season the three productions for which we will be inviting three directors to observe are

Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare
Director Jo Davies

Rehearsals – 6th March – 10th April 2017
First Preview – 13th April 2017

How My Light is Spent

by Alan Harris (Bruntwood 2015 Winner)
Director Liz Stevenson

Rehearsals – 27th March- 17th April 2017
First preview – 24th April 2017


by Jane Austen
Director Jeff James

Rehearsals - 24th April – 22th May 2017
First Preview – 25th May 2017


Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy of your CV and a short statement explaining which production you would like to observe and why? (no more than 500 words)

To be eligible to apply for Observer Mondays you must be part of our Open Exchange Network

If you have any further questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Deadline for applications 6pm on Tuesday 31st January 2017
Interviews will take place on the Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th February 2017.