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This Spring/Summer we are thrilled to present a vibrant and exciting programme in our Studio theatre which features new work from Exchange supported artists and some of the most original theatre makers from across the UK

A brilliant mix of shows for young adults, five-star Edinburgh Festival hits and old favourites who we are delighted to welcome back, means there is something for everyone to see in this varied Studio season.

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IDOL BY JAMAL GERALD

Presented by the Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact and Word of Warning

19 - 21 MARCH 2020

Who would you rather pray to? Beyoncé or white Jesus? Artist Jamal Gerald grew up in a Catholic Caribbean household, but would rather worship celebrities than white saints. Using African diasporic rituals, music and storytelling, join Jamal on an unapologetic examination of religion, pop culture and Black representation.

A Jamal Gerald, Transform and Theatre in the Mill co-production | 16+ | This performance contains strong language, sexual references and full nudity

CAROL ANN DUFFY & FRIENDS

Presented by the Royal Exchange Theatre and Manchester Metropolitan University

23 MARCH 2020

An evening of music and poetry with guest poet Andrew McMillan, alongside special guest Ella Duffy who will be launching her first pamphlet NEW HUNGER. Plus, there’ll be new student readers from Manchester Metropolitan University’s MA Poetry course.

THIS EVENT ALWAYS SELLS OUT, SO BOOK SOON TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

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MADAME OVARY BY ROSA HESMONDHALGH

Presented by WildChild Productions

25 - 28 MARCH 2020

It’s January 2018. Rosa Hesmondhalgh is writing her resolutions. She is going to stop going out with plonkers, start doing yoga and write some really good art. But before she’s had time to delete her dating apps and get into downward dog, she’s diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Suddenly faced with hospitals, chemotherapy and her own mortality, Rosa’s new goal for the year ahead is to survive it.

THE DEPARTMENT OF DISTRACTIONS

Presented by Third Angel & Northern Stage

31 MARCH - 2 APRIL 2020

The Department of Distractions: an organisation so clandestine you won’t have heard of them. Until now!

Third Angel brings you a conspiracy-theory documentary-exposé detective story for the 21st century that asks: What aren’t you looking at?

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OVER MY DEAD BODY BY ALI WILSON

4 APRIL 2020

Ali and her Mum are getting better at talking about the hard stuff. In fact, Ali’s Mum loves to talk about it! The end. The afterlife. The dot dot dot…Ali knows that one day, everything will change. A funny and honest look at preparing for the inevitable.

 

SMITH

Adapted from the novel by Leon Garfield by Janine Waters and Simon Waters

24 - 25 APRIL 2020

London in the 1700s. Highwaymen & the hangman are counted amongst Smith’s friends. Pickpocket by trade, he steals from the wrong country gentleman & witnesses a brutal murder. But not before he’s stolen the document that was worth killing for…

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GIRL MEETS BOY

Presented by Blink Dance Theatre

28 APRIL 2020

Sex, Drag and Sausage rolls; BLINK enter into a raw and raucous game of love in their ‘adventurous and radical’ show GIRL MEETS BOY. Set in a weird and wonderful world of millennial mating and seen through their neuro-diverse lens, the group attempt to answer the age-old question is there happy ever after for everyone?

CATCHING COMETS

Written and directed by Piers Black, presented by Ransack Theatre

29 APRIl - 2 MAY 2020

A disaster movie about falling in love. Toby discovers a comet heading towards Earth. When nobody listens to his warning, he snaps, turning into an action movie hero on a mission to protect the world. Flash back a year; Toby is knocked off course when someone new crashes into his life.

 CATCHING COMETS is a multidimensional mash-up from Royal Exchange Supported Artists, Ransack Theatre.

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