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Created by the Royal Exchange Theatre's Open Exchange

CO:LAB FESTIVAL 2019

  • 21 June 2019 - 23 June 2019
  • The Theatre - The Studio - The Great Hall

Co:LAB or the Collision Laboratory - is a festival to showcase embryonic ideas from the next generation of theatre-makers in the North West.

It is a response to local artists who say that they need time, space and money to begin to explore ideas and collaborations, and a chance to test the work on a live audience.

The Festival aims to showcase theatre made in non-traditional ways with unexpected creative collisions and collaborations. 

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. 

Co:LAB festival is part of Open Exchange


FESTIVAL LAUNCH

COLAB Festival Launch

A FAST ONE
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GRIEVE, BREATHE, SMILE, REPEAT
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LEGACY
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STRING LINES

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CODE SILVER CODE SILVER

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[M]OTHERS

COLAB Festival 2019 Image of Mothers


YOU, ME AND SIRI

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"DO YOU WANT A BAG WITH THAT?"

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WILD SYMPHONIES: NATURE'S MUSIC

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FESTIVAL EVENTS

FRIDAY NIGHT RUMBLE

WILD SYMPHONIES - EMBODIMENT WORKSHOP

MANCHESTER MAKERS MEET

SUNDAY NIGHT SESSION


 

The Open Exchange has been generously supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation


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  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio, The Great Hall, The Theatre, Members Suite, Dressing Rooms.

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 21, Saturday 21 and Sunday 23 June 2019

    TICKETS: All Co:LAB shows are Pay What You Decide. 

    Pay What You Decide not only allows you to pay what you can afford, rather than a fixed ticket price, but also removes the financial risk of buying a ticket for a show in advance without knowing whether you are going to enjoy it or not. Tickets will be free and available to book in advance as usual. There is no obligation for you to pay until after you have seen the show.

    You can then decide on a price which you think is suitable based on your experience and pay cash on the door.

    Please ensure you have arrived and collected your tickets 15 minutes before the show starts in order to secure your seats.

    FRIDAY 21 JUNE

    7.30pm in The Studio A FAST ONE written and performed by Ali Wilson, dramaturgy by Amy Lawrence.
    Supported by Leentje Van de Cruys & Kate Daley. More info

    8.30pm in The Studio GRIEVE, BREATHE, SMILE, REPEAT by SHAR X Conan The Librarian
    This is about grieving for people who are still alive. More info

    SATURDAY 22 JUNE

    6.00pm / 6.45pm / 7.25pm in The Exchange Suite LEGACY by Susanna Amato, Alice Robinson, Jose Guillermo Puello, Vic McGlynn, Amy Webber and James Harkness
    This work-in-progress performance looks at difficult conversations about demise and legacy through humour, compassion and bravery. More info

    6.00pm and 7.00pm in The Studio STRING LINES by TomYumSim (Simone French & Tom Halls), Joshua Ryan Ward, Rhys Sumner
    A multidimensional sonic experience. More info

    8.00pm in the Studio CODE SILVER CODE SILVER by YESYESNONO, performed by Sam Ward, Ben Kulvichit, Jonathan Hawkins, Jamaison Vassell. Movement direction by Tilda O’Grady 
    Code Silver Code Silver is about boys. It’s about the world we ask boys to grow up in, and how that world turns them into violent men. More info

    SUNDAY 23 JUNE

    3.00pm / 3.20pm / 3.40pm / 4.00pm / 4.20pm / 4.40pm in The Great Hall [M]OTHERS created and performed by Christopher Brown, Yandass Ndlovu, Helen Andrew and Jordan Skelly 
    [M]Others is a disruptive pop-up performance that mixes poetry with movement and dance. More info

    3.00pm / 3.20pm / 3.40pm / 4.00pm / 4.20pm / 4.40pm in The Studio Dressing Rooms YOU, ME AND SIRI by Bonnie Hay, Dee Dixon, Jess Wheeler, Barry Evans, Robin Lyons, Sorcha McCaffrey, Kanfing Camara, Noé Sébert, Michaela Forbes, Harriet Forgan
    An interactive exhibition exploring our human relationships with robots. More info

    5.30pm in The Studio "DO YOU WANT A BAG WITH THAT?" created & performed by Molly O’Brien & Alice Proctor
    Alice and Molly are cousins. They haven’t made theatre together since they made up plays on holidays on campsites in Cornwall as children. And it wasn’t even pay what you decide - they charged a fixed price! More info

    6.30pm in The Theatre WILD SYMPHONIES: NATURE'S MUSIC Produced by Rhianna Compton & Abdul Saboor 
    Based on the writings of Bernie Krausse. More info

  • Related Events
  • Make the most of your visit with these festival events:

    FRIDAY 21 JUNE

    6.30pm in The Studio Foyer, FESTIVAL LAUNCH
    Welcome drinks hosted by Bryony Shanahan. More info

    9.15pm in The Studio, FRIDAY NIGHT RUMBLE
    Join us in the Studio after Grieve. Breathe. Smile. Repeat for some drinks and music, to celebrate the opening of the festival and get to know artists and audiences. More info

    SATURDAY 22 JUNE

    4.00pm in The Rehearsal Room, WILD SYMPHONIES - EMBODIMENT WORKSHOP
    Monachopsis theatre company invite you to join them in a one hour embodiment workshop. Using physical and vocal exercises, we will engage our imagination to connect to ourselves, our partner and to the whole ensemble. More info

    5.00pm in The Rivals Bar, MANCHESTER MAKERS MEET
    Are you a Manchester Maker? Would you like to meet other creatives based in the city during Co:LAB festival? Come to the Lounge at the Royal Exchange on Saturday 22nd July from 5-6pm to chat and get to know new people. Gripes, influences, dreams are all on the table. Hosted by Open Exchange supported Artists Ali Wilson and Amy Lawrence More info

    SUNDAY 23 JUNE

    7.15pm in The Theatre, SUNDAY NIGHT SESSION 
    Join Bryony Shanahan & Ali Wilson for an informal chat with the artists of Co:LAB festival and the city, share your experiences and have your say on the future of Co:LAB and the Open Exchange. More info

  • Accessible Performances
  • BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES:

    A FAST ONE
    STRING LINES, 6.00PM
    LEGACY, 6.45PM
    CODE SILVER CODE SILVER
    [M]OTHERS
    "DO YOU WANT A BAG WITH THAT?"

    WILD SYMPHONIES: NATURE'S MUSIC

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES:

    GRIEVE, BREATHE, SMILE, REPEAT
    YOU, ME AND SIRI

    LIVE CAPTIONED AND DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES:

    "DO YOU WANT A BAG WITH THAT?"

    EASY READ 1 PAGE SYNOPSIS:

    A FAST ONE
    GRIEVE BREATHE, SMILE, REPEAT
    LEGACY
    STRING LINES
    CODE SILVER CODE SILVER
    [M]OTHERS
    YOU, ME AND SIRI
    "DO YOU WANT A BAG WITH THAT?"
    WILD SYMPHONIES: NATURE'S MUSIC

    AUDIO DESCRIBED PROGRAMME:

    AUDIO DESCRIBED INTRODUCTION:

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