Part of Co:LAB Festival


  • 22 July 2017
  • The Front Room

A drop-in 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 - 4pm: Workshop led by Matthew Xia

Matthew Xia, Associate Artistic Director

An award-winning theatre director, composer, journalist, broadcaster and DJ, Matthew joined the Royal Exchange Theatre in 2014. Matthew received the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme bursary in 2013, taking up the post of Director in Residence at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. Matthew’s theatre credits include INTO THE WOODS, WISH LIST and the Young Vic’s sell-out productions of BLUE/ORANGE, and SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD for which he won the Young Vic’s Genesis Future Director award.

4 - 5pm: Workshop led by Josh Coates

Josh Coates is a theatre maker based in Manchester. He was a supported artist at the Royal Exchange and a member of the award winning theatre company Powder Keg. 

5 - 6pm: Workshop led by Courtney Hayles

Courtney Hayles is an actor, writer, communications coach and poet. 


The Open Exchange has been generously supported by The Leche Trust and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Rehearsal Room

    DATE: Saturday 22 July 2017

    TIME: 3pm - 6pm

    TICKETS: Free and unreserved

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