Take Up Space is a new project for schools at the Royal Exchange Theatre.DISRVPT poster 800x400px
5 schools were selected to respond to the themes around our DISRVPT programme. Following kick off workshops with Keisha Thompson around her poem HOLDING SPACE in January, the schools developed their own pieces of work with RET practitioners and performed at the Exchange 31 March 2022.  
DISRVPT invites individuals or groups from a range of communities and art forms to take ownership of the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Great Hall. To playfully, politically, creatively disrupt the environment, to teach us what the varying communities of Greater Manchester might like to see in our space, the ways in which they’d like to be welcomed, the vibe, the energy, the entertainment, the art, the stories, the way we communicate it and market it, all an experiment to allow those who have not felt an affinity to have the opportunity to see themselves, their culture, people like them occupying our space, being at ease and teaching us about the values of their community. 

Participating Schools: 

Abraham Moss Community School – Cheetham Hill  

Redwood Secondary School (SEND) – Rochdale  

Bedford High School – Leigh  

Samuel Laycock School (SEND) – Tameside  

The King David High School – Cheetham Hill  

Check out our DISRVPT highlight on Instagram to watch the Redwood and Samuel Laycock Insta takeover sharing their experience of the performance day.