A Royal Exchange Theatre production in association with Rebel Productions.

BLOODY ELLE - A Gig Musical 2021

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  • Written and performed by Lauryn Redding. Directed by Bryony Shanahan.
  • 23 June 2021 - 17 July 2021
  • The Theatre

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BLOODY ELLE is a Royal Exchange World Premiere. This uplifting, one-woman-show about falling in love for the very first time is written and performed by the brilliant Lauryn Redding

Eve’s eyes are green like guacamole, she has posh-hair and a freckle on her chin (that might be chocolate) and when she puts her hand on Elle’s arm…

This heart-warming and belly-achingly funny story is stuffed full of those stomach-flipping-time-stopping moments, a touch, a glance, a kiss, that everyone will recognise.

BLOODY ELLE is set to an original score, building loops and layers of sound that make you feel like there is a ten-piece band on stage, transporting the audience to a sweaty, packed out gig in the back of a pub or a 10,000 seat arena.


  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre

    DATES: Wednesday 23 June - Saturday 17 July 2021


    Wednesday 23 June 2021 19:30
    Thursday 24 June 2021 19:30
    Friday 25 June 2021 19:30
    Saturday 26 June 2021 19:30
    Monday 28 June 2021 19:30
    Wednesday 30 June 2021 14:30
    Thursday 01 July 2021 19:30
    Friday 02 July 2021 19:30
    Saturday 03 July 2021 14:30 & 19:30
    Tuesday 06 July 2021 19:30
    Wednesday 07 July 2021 19:30
    Thursday 08 July 2021 14:30 & 19:30
    Friday 09 July 2021 19:30
    Saturday 10 July 2021 14:30 & 19:30
    Tuesday 13 July 2021 19:30
    Wednesday 14 July 2021 14:30 & 19:30
    Thursday 15 July 2021 19:30
    Friday 16 July 2021 19:30
    Saturday 17 July 2021 14:30 & 19:30

    TICKET PRICES: Standard Tickets range from £10 - £30. Concessions available.


    Experience BLOODY ELLE from the extraordinary setting of our limited onstage package seats, with four pairs available to purchase across every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances. Tickets are £75 per seat / £150 per table.

    Create unforgettable moments, immerse yourself in the story with table seats on our iconic stage and let us take care of your drinks, so they’re ready and waiting when you arrive.

    A package includes two onstage, top price table seats to BLOODY ELLE, four bottles of beer on ice and a signed copy of the script.

    All profits raised from your purchase will go directly to support our work, enabling us continue to create our ambitious work for Manchester and its communities on our iconic stage.


    AGE GUIDANCE: 12 years+ due to adult language

    RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours and 5 mins, plus one 20 minute interval.

    Matinee shows due to end 4.55pm. Evening shows due to end 9.55pm. Times are currently approximate as the show is in rehearsals. A more definite time will be updated when the show has opened (23 June).

    BOOKING: Tickets are available to buy online. 

    If you need assistance with booking your ticket, or have an issue that needs resolving, please contact our Visitor Experience Team

    When your booking is complete, you will receive two emails. The first email will be your Order Confirmation. The second email will contain your e-tickets. You'll need the e-tickets within this email to show upon entry to the Theatre. If you don't receive this email, you can check your online account and once logged in, scroll down to the option 'E-Tickets' and all your current and past e-tickets will be here. If your tickets aren't here or there is a problem downloading them, please contact our Visitor Experience Team.


    • Tickets and vouchers cannot be exchanged or money refunded - unless we have to cancel a performance, you have covid symptoms or a positive diagnosis, or are self-isolating due to possible contact with covid. More information

    • Please book tickets following government guidance for the numbers of households permitted to mix indoors.

    • Due to social distancing, our seating for in-person shows is arranged in bubbles, which are groups of tickets containing a specific number of seats (1, 2, 3 or 4) next to each other in one row. Please choose where to sit based on the number of seats you need. Due to social distancing, there are no group discounts for in-person shows. 

    • Please do not attend if you have Covid symptoms, a positive test result or are required to isolate.

    • Full terms and conditions available here

    Members get Priority Booking as well as exclusive extras for additional events. You can find out about Membership here.

    With your support, we can make brilliant theatre, tell stories, nurture new talent, and help as many people as possible get involved.


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  • Creative Team
  • Writer and performer: Lauryn Redding

    Director: Bryony Shanahan

    Associate Director: Hannah Sands

    Designer Amanda Stoodley

    Lighting Designer Mark Distin Webster

    Sound Designer and additional composition: Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

    Movement Director Yandass Ndlovu

    Company Stage Manager Scott McDonald 

    Deputy Stage Manager Amber Chapell 

  • Related Events
  • RET Joint Artistic Directors Bryony Shanahan Roy Alexander Weise



  • Accessible Performances

    Relaxed Performance = Thursday 8 July, 2.30pm

    Audio Described = Saturday 10 July, 2.30pm

    Captioned = Wednesday 14 July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

    British Sign Language (BSL) = Saturday 17 July, 2.30pm

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