Our newly renovated Studio Space in the Northern Quarter - SWAN STREET STUDIOS (our third performance space!) - launches as a venue for the Royal Exchange Theatre.
The 100 seater SWAN STREET STUDIOS space will be used by collaborating artists and companies for research and developing new work for our own stages and beyond, or as a performance space.
The Lyric Theatre's Secret Theatre company used the space as a makeshift Studio space when they brought SECRET THEATRE'S A SERIES OF INCREASINGLY IMPOSSIBLE ACTS into the space back in October 2014.
Matthew Xia - our associate Artistic Director - who implemented the scheme of opening up the space to independent artists had to say:
"What me and [artistic director] Sarah Frankcom have been talking about quite a lot is that we now have six spaces –that's more spaces than we need quite a lot of the time. And so I think the best use of that space is to hand it over to the artists of Manchester."
These artists of Manchester include our first supported artist Josh Coates, who will be making use of the Royal Exchange Theatre's resources over the next year including to develop his show PARTICLES which he will take to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Another local artist James Baker, a member of the Open Exchange Network, used the space to develop his production of THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE which played this April.
"Having the space in-kind was a valuable asset to ensuring the success of the project; while not having to compensate on professional values. For this, we will always be grateful. We will definitely be returning to use the space for all future productions."
James Baker, Assembled Junk
Swan Street Studio has been made possible thanks to The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Granada Foundation, hundreds of individual donors and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. We are grateful to them all for their support.