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What are the hidden stories within the Royal Exchange building? What does it mean for the Royal Exchange Theatre to make our home and create art here? What are the words we want to echo round this historic hall?
DISRVPT: HOLDING SPACE is a poem and an installation, created by Manchester artist Keisha Thompsonand designed by Alison Erika Forde that examines the complex history of the Royal Exchange building and turns that space into something new.
Join us for a free launch event in the Great Hall where award-winning writer and theatre-maker Keisha Thompson, in a one-off performance, brings her poem to life with Yandass Ndlovu in a newly devised piece directed by Nimmo Ismail.
DISRVPT asks us to look beyond the Great Hall and its calm grandeur to fill it with joy, playfulness and rebellion. It’s time to bring some overlooked stories to the foreground.
Following the performance Alison Erika Forde’s installation that will remain live for 12 months. A visual artist from Manchester, who’s exhibited across the UK and overseas, Forde’s design will ensure that the HOLDING SPACE leaves its mark on the Great Hall in striking style.
Don’t miss this first in a brand-new programme of special events curated by Joint Artistic Directors Bryony Shanahan and Roy Alexander Weise. DISRVPTinvites everyone to take up space, tell their story and help define what the Great Hall can be in 2021.
VENUE: The Great Hall
DATE: Thursday 21 October.
TIME: Event will begin at 6:45pm in the Great Hall near the Rivals.
The Rivals will open from 5:30pm.
TICKETS: Free, but please book in advance
SEATING: The HOLDING SPACE launch is standing only. A few seats will be available around the Rivals.
RUNNING TIME: 20 minutes.
BOOKING: Tickets are available to buy online.
CREATED & PERFORMED BY: Keisha Thompson
DESIGNED BY: Alison Erika Forde
DIRECTED BY: Nimmo Ismail
MOVEMENT BY: Yandass Ndlovu