Three theatre-makers from the Open Exchange Network have been selected to be on attachment with the Royal Exchange Theatre for a year 

The aim of the scheme is to empower artists to create work with the support of the Exchange, its resources and ultimately we hope to support and propel artists beyond the walls of our organisation.

Our supported artists this year are MIGHTY HEART THEATRETESTAMENT and KNAÏVE THEATRE


Mighty Heart Theatre are Sam & Lisa, a couple of twentysomethings who love leopard print, discos, people & community. MHT was born in September 2014 on a crisp autumn evening over pizza, wine and chats about making art that might change the world.

At Might Heart Theatre, we aim to challenge the status quo. We are passionate believers that theatre has the ability to affect and educate audiences leaving a lasting impact...that's what is important to us!

We aim to make theatre for everyone whilst challenging the conventions of theatre making.

Mighty Heart Theatre have social and political issues at our core. We create imaginative, innovative and educational performances that inform our audience whilst opening debate and tackling important stories.

We create theatrical campaigns.



Testament aka Andy Brooks is a rapper, singer, and producer. His credits include performances on BBC, MTV, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1txra. He also holds the Guinness World Record for leading the world’s largest Human Beatbox ensemble.

Beatboxing since he was 11 and rapping since he was 14, Testament went on to win the BBC Urban Music Talent Award in 2007. Since then he has gone onto work with a diverse range of artists from Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae and MOBO winner Soweto Kinch to the progenitor of Hip-Hop himself, US legend DJ KoolHerc.

He is a frequent collaborator with beatbox pioneer Shlomo, and is a member of Shlomo & The Lip Factory with performances at Southbank Centre London, Bristol Old Vic and a number of festivals including Glastonbury.

In 2009 he released debut album No Freedom Without Sacrifice under his producer alter-ego Homecut to widespread critical acclaim and successfully toured the UK.

With a love of words in many forms, he founded The Hip Hop Clinic a workshop company specializing in Hip Hop music workshops.

Supported Artist Knaive Theatre Image


Knaïve Theatre seek to inspire, connect, challenge and empower audiences by making risk-taking political and immersive theatre across a range of styles and genres responding to the world and the communities around them. They experiment to find new and exciting ways to affect, transport and transform audiences and themselves. Their work exists to challenge each other as much as their audience and seeks to poetically express the political dialectics of our time. In the year ahead, they will also be developing the education arm of the company and gaining insight into the more technical aspects of theatre.

Thanks to the Open Exchange we have become Supported Artists at the Royal Exchange and our work within the network will be a significant part of what we explore over the coming twelve months. This is undoubtedly the most important part of our journey as a theatre company to date. The Royal Exchange has been a game changer for us in just about every way. It is difficult to contain our excitement about the year to come. It will undoubtedly be an incredible opportunity for growth and development. 

Knaïve Theatre are Tyrrell Jones, Sam Redway, Alice Barber.