Created by the Royal Exchange Theatre's Open Exchange
- 21 July 2017 - 23 July 2017
- The Studio - The Great Hall
Across three days in July, Co:LAB Festival will showcase brand new work from the next generation of North West theatre-makers and cross-disciplinary artists.
A celebration of over two years of collaborations through the Royal Exchange’s talent development scheme Open Exchange, we present a range of theatrical experiences from comedy cabaret and dance theatre to scratch performances and installations.
The Co:LAB Festival will feature work from Ransack, Take Back and Royal Exchange Supported Artists Knaïve Theatre and Testament. Download the Festival Brochure.
Pop in for a performance, join us for a drink or stay for the whole festival – all events are pay what you decide! Simply reserve your tickets below or turn up on the day.
The Open Exchange has been generously supported by The Leche Trust and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
- Event Information
VENUE: The Studio & The Great Hall
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 21, Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July 2017
TICKETS: All events are pay what you decide. Click on the links below to find out more about the work and reserve your tickets.
FRIDAY 21 JULY
Come and celebrate the launch of Co:LAB. Meet the artists, socialise and have a shindig with the people behind Co:LAB and the Open Exchange.
7.30pm SURVIVAL by Elmi Ali & Nuala Maguire
A series of snapshots into the world of Afric, a young agoraphobic gardening enthusiast living in Manchester.
8.30pm CITIZEN by James & Christine
An interactive, theatrical experiment using game mechanics to create an immersive event.
10pm LOVE LETTERS FROM BLACKPOOL by Ruth E. Cockburn
A partly autobiographical comedy show about love and how the nation finds it.
SATURDAY 22 JULY
3pm - 6pm GAMES:PLAY:IMPROV
Drop into a workshop looking at how we employ games in the theatre-making process. The format is simple: arrive, write down the name of a theatre game and pop it in a hat. When your suggestion gets pulled out of the hat, it is your turn to lead. Remember, bring exercises that encourage collaborative relationships in the rehearsal room.
3pm SHOOTING THE MESSENGER by Take Back
A high concept experience designed to start a conversation around borders, art, reportage, reliability, bias and prejudice.
7pm TWO FAT GENTLEMEN by Charlotte Maxwell & Marcela Hervia
A funny and honest blend of physicality, poetry and storytelling, Two Fat Gentlemen is an exploration of the power of chance encounters.
8pm [INSERT SLOGAN HERE] by YESYESNONO & Conan the Librarian
YESYESNONO collaborates with video artist Conan the Librarian on a brand new piece of work.
9pm WOKE by Testament
Open Exchange supported artist Testament will be performing a scratch of Woke before its autumn premiere.
SUNDAY 23 JULY
12pm -2pm STARVING:ARTIST
Join Associate Artistic Directors Matthew Xia and Amit Sharma for a series of wide-ranging conversations about the role and relevance of theatre arts over brunch. There is no agenda. We want to discuss how artists enter and progress within the theatre sector. Bring questions, bring answers, bring ideas.
2pm, 3.15pm & 4.30pm POWER TO THE NORTH! by Knaïve Theatre in collaboration with Tim Foley
Inspired by roleplay gaming, Power To The North is a vibrant, challenging, empowering and inventive piece of immersive theatre.
1.45pm, 3pm, 4.15pm VENT by The Ensemble
An original piece of voice theatre created by a new ensemble formed from Royal Exchange Open Network members.
5pm SO FEY by Amy Lawrence
SO FEY is a visual and choreographic project created with female participants from Mixed Black and White heritage and acts as a modern day archive of this first generation's experience.
7pm MINUS TOUCH by Ransack
Ransack Theatre present the development of their new play which peers into the reflective void of modern connection. Minus Touch will combine live music, film-making and projection to present our lives on stage, on screen and online.
- Accessible Performances
ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE BSL INTERPRETED