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Innovative theatre and unique special events make up an eclectic Spring/Summer 2019 Studio season

This season we welcome some of the best touring companies and artists from across the UK, brand-new shows from our Young and Elders Company, the 2018 Hodgkiss Award winner as well as special events including Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Stephens and a musical cabaret featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein.

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WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED
A RET Young Company production

22 - 23 FEBRUARY 2019

Following the success of THE TEMPEST and MIXTAPE, the Royal Exchange Theatre’s award-winning Young Company present their up front and uncensored voices on what it means to speak up & speak out. We dare you to listen!

ADIEU
An Elders and Young Company Production

17 & 18 APRIL 2019

Join us for a leaving party. A live conversation. An evening to contemplate our national identity.

There will be cheese and pineapple on sticks. And some bad dancing. And a bit of politics. Maybe.

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WRESTLING THE WALRUS
A 154 Collective and RET co-production

28 JUNE - 6 JULY 2019

Expect a feast for the senses that mixes performance, animation, live lyrical music and film.
154 Collective is an international group of theatre makers, visual artists, animators, musicians and writers who come together to tell new stories in interesting and captivating ways.

2018 WINNER OF THE HODGKISS AWARD

BERNSTEIN REVEALED
A musical cabaret featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein

28 APRIL 2019

Host Edward Seckerson and the Tony Award nominated Jason Carr are joined by singer Sophie-Louise Dann for an evening of melodies.
Featuring songs from WEST SIDE STORY, CANDIDE, ON THE TOWN, WONDERFUL TOWN and many more.

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CAROL ANN DUFFY & FRIENDS
A RET & Manchester Metropolitan University Writing School co-production

11 MARCH 2019

Following the unprecedented success of the past seasons, Carol Ann returns to host our hugely successful poetry readings.

Joining Carol Ann are new writers from Manchester Met - including House Poets John Fennelly and Mark Pajak - and a variety of special guests offering more evenings of jazz, poetry and conversation.

FROM SHORE TO SHORE
Production by ON THE WIRE, taking place at Yang Sing Restaurant

9 - 16 MARCH 2019

THREE STORIES, THREE LIVES, THREE JOURNEYS TO FIND A PLACE TO CALL HOME.
三个故事,三种人生,三段旅程,只找到家。

Award-winning writer Mary Cooper and multilingual collaborator M.W. Sun have woven these tales of love and loss, struggle and survival into a powerful drama told alongside great food and live music.

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YOUR SEXTS ARE SH*T: OLDER BETTER LETTERS
By Rachel Mars

14 - 16 MARCH 2019

Before sexts there were hand-written letters. And loads of them were filthy. With the help of the internet, friends and two sexologists, Rachel has unearthed missives dating back centuries.

Triangulating these sex and love letters of long dead artists with contemporary sexts and a meditation on the construction of the queer female body, the show is a tender and surprising hour that asks - how do we write ourselves and for whom?

SIMON STEPHENS PRESENTS
Including special guests Alistair McDowall and Anjum Malik

23 APRIL 2019

Tony-Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens presents an evening of exciting new work from Manchester Metropolitan University where he is Professor of Scriptwriting.

It will feature scripts for stage, screen and radio by Manchester Writing School students, performed by actors from the Manchester School of Theatre’s conservatory repertoire.

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TRUTH TO POWER CAFÉ
London Artists Projects

26 - 27 APRIL 2019

TRUTH TO POWER CAFÉ is a new international performance event mixing memoir, image, poetry, music, and live and spontaneous testimony from participants speaking truth to power in response to the question ‘who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?'

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ILLEGALISED
By BÉZNĂ Theatre

9 - 11 MAY 2019

ILLEGALISED, from British-Romanian collective BÉZNĂ Theatre, is a journey through the Home Office’s human rights abuses against ‘the other’ that exposes the immigration industrial complex and the profit made from the illegalisation of human beings.

ILLEGALISED, inspired and informed by interviews with migrants, refugees and those seeking asylum, is the first part of a protest cycle denouncing Britain’s dehumanising of people for power and profit from colonial times to today.

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STATUS
Presented by China Plate & Staatstheater Mainz. Written by Chris Thorpe, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin

23 MARCH 2019

We all have a nationality. Or almost all of us. STATUS is a show about someone who doesn’t want his any more. About running away from the national story you’re given. About who is responsible for that story and what might happen to it if you give it up.
A globe-spanning journey of attempted escape, with songs along the way.

YVETTE
Presented by China Plate. By Urielle Klein-Mekongo

6 - 8 JUNE 2019

Evie is thirteen and lives in Neasden with her Mum. She wants to tell us about something… her crush on Lewis, trying to be a woman, friends, virginity, garage remixes, hello kitty underwear… an ‘Uncle’ lurking in the corner of her story.

Based a true story, Yvette is a one woman show with original music about a stolen childhood and growing up with a secret..

WE CONTINUE OUR SEASON OF CONCERTS WITH BAND ON THE WALL WITH ANOTHER ECLECTIC MIX OF PERFORMANCES

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 HONEYFEET

SUNDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2019

An exotic mixture of Manchester-based musicians with influences from the world of Jazz, Folk and Hip-Hop.

 JOHN SMITH

SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2019

A genuine folksinger, with a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters.

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 TALVIN SINGH + JASON SINGH

SUNDAY 14 APRIL 2019

Talvin Singh is renowned for creating the bridge between Indian and electronic music with his synthesis of electronic music and eastern aesthetic.

 THE STEVE WILLIAMSON EXPERIENCE + STRINGTING

SUNDAY 19 MAY 2019

Blending classical and jazz Steve Williamson creates an entrancing, life enhancing, soul-advancing combination.

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