Following the success of last year's COME CLOSER event, 10 more writers return to share their stories, secrets and confessions with you...

Friday 15 - Sunday 17 April | FREE, just drop in!


Stories, secrets, confidences and confessions in 10 free monologues from some of the most exciting new voices in British theatre.

You know that feeling when you just have to tell the truth or you will burst? Come and hear ten characters who dare to tell it like it is. From intimate confessions to foot-stomping polemics – discover characters around The Great Hall, waiting for an audience. Find them, take a seat, and listen.

The Writers

Created by some of the most exciting new BAME British writers, Talawa Theatre Company and the Royal Exchange, Manchester presents world premieres of 10 short plays inspired by a line from King Lear: Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.

Afshan D'souza-Lodhi: Teacups |
Chanje Kunda: Ashanti Gold Zodwa Nyoni: Black Bodies |Charlene James: Cracked Rainbow
Kalungi Ssebandeke: Mind the Land Mines | Chino Odimba: Gourds | Matilda Ibini: R.A.W.W | David Judge: In 100 words | Firdos Ali: Speak Up | Berri George: This is not a Protest

Full schedule to be announced, please check

Cast includes: Sandra Cole, Nadia Emam, Laurietta Essien, Shobna Gulati,
Carla Henry, David Judge, Tachia Newall, Everal A Walsh
Friday 15 - Sunday 17 April, The Great Hall & The Theatre 
5.30pm - 6.30pm Friday & Saturday, 12pm Sunday
All tickets are free.  No booking required, just drop in!