This year The Royal Exchange, Contact, HOME and The Lowry have come together to look for eight new critical voices from across Greater Manchester to join their free theatre criticism scheme. Professional Journalist and Theatre Critic, Catherine Love, will be leading the project which runs for 10 weeks from the beginning of October. No previous experience is necessary, only a love of and interest in live performance.
The festival featured performances from Piper Hill Specialist School, Springside Primary, New Bridge School, Cromwell School, Chatsworth High School, Pictor Academy and Brentwood High School, Ladywood Primary School and Elms Bank School. Happy 2 Be was built around the theme of Acceptance & Understanding and all the schools did a brilliant job at making sure their voices were heard loud and clear!
Individuals and communities at risk of social isolation are being put into the spotlight this month, as housing and community services provider One Manchester, and the Royal Exchange Theatre, work with tower block residents in Hume and Gorton to create a unique theatrical performance which will premiere in the Exchange’s Studio Theatre.
Elders Exchange Day 2018 is part of National Older People’s Day and the Age of Creativity Festival (1-14 October 2018) - England’s second nationwide festival celebrating older people.
The poems had been created by two writing groups specially created for My Voice in the City and led by writer Sarah Butler as part of our Elders programme.