A Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company Production

Astronauts - Beswick

  • By Alice Birch. Directed by Anna Berentzen.
  • 23 August 2022
  • On Tour / External
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We want to tell you a story. It’s not simple, or easy, or straightforward but it is important. Actually, it’s enormous!


It’s set in a tower block with no views. No, it’s set in a huge snow globe with floor to ceilings windows. It is a family story, or perhaps it’s about a girl, or me, or you, or all of us. In this story your feet will never touch the earth, everything you need is here… and always out of reach.

Can you hear it? That low level hum… It’s time to listen, really listen before there’s no room left to breathe.

The Royal Exchange Young Company present Alice Birch’s compelling play inspired by the housing crisis. First produced in 2014 this stunning work is as significant today as when it was first written.

With integrated BSL Interpretation and captions. 

Content warning: contains swearing, themes of mental health and suggestions of death


This performance will have a curtain raiser performance from our Beswick Young Company. 

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The East Manchester Academy, 60 Grey Mare Lane, Beswick, Manchester M11 3DS

    DATES: Tuesday 23 August, 5.00pm

    TICKET PRICES: Pay What You Decide

    AGE GUIDANCE: 14+

    Please note, this show will have British Sign Language intergrated into the performance and captions.

  • Creative Team
  • WRITTEN BY: Alice Birch 

    DIRECTOR: Anna Berentzen 

    DESIGNER: Katie Scott 

    SOUND: Charlotte Barber 

    MOVEMENT: Yandass Ndlovu 

    BSL INTERPRETER: Becky Barry 

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