Each year Curious Minds launches vital research projects with one central, over-arching goal - to enable the opportunities and experiences of Arts and Culture to be available to as many young people as possible in our country.

This year, with a focus on 'Inclusion', we are asking the question as to HOW a Cultural Institution such as the Royal Exchange can work with a school to create an arts education that is truly for EVERYONE.

projEX was created along with the Creative Learning and Engagement Team at the Royal Exchange Theatre to offer a unique experience for pupils with varying ages, abilities and interests to engage with every aspect of theatre; from acting to marketing, writing to lighting. Four schools from the Greater Manchester and Lancashire era have taken part in this, the first projEX event.

The work you will see is there creation, and a testament to their collective creativity, collaboration and work ethic.

The participating schools are:  Bedford High School, Leigh; Fred Longworth High School, Tyldesley; Rivington and Blackrod High School, Bolton and Oakfield High School, Wigan

Fred Longworth High School - THE JOURNEY OF US
What is a community? Is it the people we know? The places we live? The school we go to? Is it all of these things or none of them at all? 'The Journey of Us' explores how the meaning of the word has changed over time and how we, as people in a local community like so many others, have come to be shaped by where we grew up and the people we grew up with.
Produced and performed by the students of Fred Longworth High School.

Bedford High School - DIFFERENT... NEVER ALONE
Two performances. One explores how together we are stronger. The second focuses on how social media is our new community, we think we are better connected than ever before. The dark reality is that we have never been more distant.
The two performances use physical theatre and dance to explore their themes.

Oakfield High School - COMMUNITY IN OUR TOWN
Oakfield High School and College is a special school in Wigan. Classes 8.1 and 9.1 have teamed up to devise their ProjEX named 'Community in Our Town'. Learners have divided themselves into three groups to create, produce and market the event in their Drama, Art and ICT lessons. The learners decided to focus their piece on the local area of Hindley and chose four different landmarks which they feel are most important to the town and themselves. The piece revolves around these four key places which are the local Tesco, Boresdane Woods, a local pub and the railway station.

Rivington and Blackrod High School - A GROUP OF PEOPLE
A GROUP OF PEOPLE by Rivington and Blackrod High School is a piece of drama devised by yr10 students based on the stimulus of Community. We have researched around the topic and found inspiration from our local community, historical events and surrounding areas. At various points the piece explores everything from our Greater Manchester identity to an air raid on the town to a box of memories to a Brownie Guide meeting! When a group of people gather…the community strengthens…then the stories can begin.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    EVENT DATE & TIME: Sunday 13 May 2018, 2.30pm - 5pm

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm
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    TICKET INFORMATION: All tickets £5 per performance

    BOOK TICKETS: 0161 833 9833 / online


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