Two artists from the Open Exchange Network have been selected to be on attachment with the Royal Exchange Theatre for a year

Our supported artists this year are MIGHTY HEART THEATRE and TESTAMENT


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.