The Audience Manifesto has been created by 2,150 audience members.

  • Introducing The Manifesto
  • The process of making an Audience Manifesto began at a Royal Exchange Open Day 2014, at which visitors were invited to begin creating manifesto statements, and it continued both as an online invitation for audiences to add to it, and through events such as A NIGHT AT THE THEATRE (view images from event), a project in which audiences designed a blueprint for theatre, and conversations with audience forums and groups, who helped us to create, from the many statements we had gathered, a long list. (See what else we've done so far)

    Visitors to the theatre and online were then invited to vote on their top ten. Some of the statements might appear kind of obvious, underwhelming. But when we talk about them with audiences, and drill down just a little to what lies beneath, it quickly becomes apparent that these are things audiences feel passionate about, concerns and passions that are alive, relevant, incredibly positive, heartening and challenging to us – here at the Exchange and to all of us working in theatre.

    A limited edition booklet of the Audience Manifesto was produced for our You, The Audience symposium in February 2017, with illustrations by artist in residence Oliver East. Download The Audience Manifesto here

  • Next Steps
  • Under the new programme AUDIENCE EXCHANGE, we are currently recruiting people from our outreach programmes, from the streets and from existing audiences, to work with us to develop our response to this manifesto. It will be an alternative Theatre Charter, and it will form the blueprint for our public facing work over the next five years, challenging us to demonstrate our commitment to being a theatre that is genuinely socially engaged, inclusive, connected and in meaningful conversation with the people of Greater Manchester.

    To keep in touch with regular updates, news and special events; as well as inviting you to share your thoughts and advice on all the different aspects of the Exchange, sign up to AUDIENCE EXCHANGE.

Audience Manifesto - What You Said & What We're Doing

We genuinely want you to help us shape the future of the Royal Exchange Theatre. SIGN UP TO OUR MAILING LIST HERE And as a thank you we'll also make a twice-yearly prize draw to win a pair of Season Tickets. The first draw will take place November 2017.

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