The Den in M8

  • 29 July 2022 - 6 August 2022
  • On Tour / External
  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Den in M8 at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 31 Smedley Lane, M8 8XB

    DATES: Friday 29 July - Saturday 6 August 2022

    TICKET PRICES: All tickets are either FREE or £1. We encourage bookers to make a donation to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal when booking their tickets.

    FOOD: Food will be provided at The Den by a variety of local groups and charities. On certain days, this food will be generously offered for free by Feed My City. Food on each day will be kindly offered by...

    Date Food supplied by
    Fri 29 Jul New Testament of God Church Carribean Food
    Sat 30 Jul The Ukranian Centre
    Sun 31 Jul Feed My City
    Wed 3 Aug Feed My City
    Thu 4 Aug The Ukranian Centre
    Fri 5 Aug The Ukranian Centre
    Sat 6 Aug Feed My City

    THE DEN IN M8 - FULL SCHEDULE: 

    Date Event Time
    Fri 29 Jul ELDERS COMPANY RECRUITMENT WORKSHOP 11.30am-1pm
    THE MIRACLE MAN 6pm-6.40pm
    DOMINOES AND DAHLIAS (+OWARE!) 7pm-8pm
    Sat 30 Jul YOUNG COMPANY RECRUITMENT WORKSHOP 1pm-3pm
    CHEETHAM HILL 4pm-6pm
    INVISIBLE 7pm-8pm
    Sun 31 Jul DRUMMING WORKSHOP 11am-12pm
    SKETCH WITH MARY - ART WORKSHOP 12pm-1pm
    WHAT MAKES A GOOD PODCAST 1pm-2pm
    CATWALK WORKSHOP 2.30pm-3.30pm
    M8's GOT TALENT 4pm-6pm
    FULL ENGLISH 7pm-8.30pm
    Wed 3 Aug CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY DAY 10.30am-4pm
    THE STORY DEN & PLAY WORKSHOP 11am-12pm
    CHILDREN'S MUSIC WORKSHOP 3pm-4pm
    Thu 4 Aug BHANGRACISE 6pm-6.30pm
    ENG-ER-LAND 7pm-7.50pm
    Fri 5 Aug COLD CHIPS & PICK N MIX 6.30pm-7.15pm
    A FLOCK OF WORDS 8pm-9pm
    Sat 6 Aug THE STORY DEN & PLAY WORKSHOP 11am-12pm
    COLD CHIPS & PICK AND MIX 2.30pm-3.15pm & 7pm-7.45pm
    CURRY & CONVERSATION 4pm-5.30pm
    Fri 29 July - Sat 6 Aug MCR CR8 Varies*
    Fri 29 July - Sat 6 Aug UP THE HILL EXHIBITION Varies*
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    *These exhibitions will open one hour before the first event each day and close at the end of the last event.


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GEARING UP FOR SOME M8 SUMMER FUN: THE DEN TAKES UP RESIDENCY IN THE UKRAINIAN CULTURAL CENTRE IN CHEETHAM HILL


This summer the Royal Exchange Theatre bring its eco-friendly mobile theatre, the Den to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall. For two weeks this unique pop-up theatre will host a range of exciting events from family fun-days to community shows, theatre, dance and art. Come and take part in something new, watch your neighbours or friends perform or eat some brilliant food provided by local organisations. THE DEN IN M8 will take place this summer from 29 July – 6 August.

ALL TICKETS FOR THE DEN IN M8 ARE EITHER FREE OR JUST £1!

We've kept the ticket price low because 1. We want everyone to be able to attend. And 2. To encourage those who can afford it to donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (with the Disasters Emergency Committee). It's easy to donate, you'll be offered the chance to donate as part of the booking process online.


DOWNLOAD THE DEN BROCHURE

 
PERFORMANCES
 
  • The Miracle Man
    Fri 29 July at 6pm - £1
  • Join a wedding in Cana, Galilee, where there’s a significant lack of wine… witness a young lads’ multiplying packed lunch, miles from home… meet a paralysed man with the best kind of friends… and behold a man who can control the weather with just a word…

    Based on 4 of Jesus’ miracles from the Bible, children from the Cheetham Hill holiday club will put on a production of ‘The Miracle Man’ in just 4 days! The main actors in this production are children & young people working together with Top & Tail Productions in partnership with The New Testament Church of God in Cheetham Hill to produce a theatrical performance of their very own. They will be using a unique blend of music, theatre, action and fun to bring Bible stories to life for those who don’t know the stories and for those who do.

    Written by Luke Rotherham, Directed by Rebecca Peacock, Musical Director, Thomas Hockley.

    Book Now

  • Dominoes and Dahlias (+Oware!)
    Fri 29 July at 7pm - £1
  • Where can you meet a woman artist from 1922 Benin, a feisty Ghanian student nurse standing up to a blinkered matron in 1971, and a Jamaican going on holiday and suddenly finding himself facing a throng of brothers and sisters he never knew existed?

    In a Manchester Community Garden here in the Den.

    Join the Dominoes and Oware tournament, with music and food too, this is one garden party not to be missed!

    DOMINOES AND DAHLIAS [+OWARE!] has been created with older people from the African and African Caribbean diaspora led by artist Cheryl Martin with musician Clive Hunte. After two successful performances at the Royal Exchange Theatre Studio, Dominoes & Dahlias (+Oware!) is back for a performance in the Den in Cheetham Hill.

    This show will be captioned.

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  • Cheetham Hill
    Sat 30 July at 4pm - £1
  • By Karla Marie Sweet

    Cheetham Hill resident Edie Shapiro is living with a ghost. Or are her visions of long dead friend Ruth merely a figment of her dementia? Her carer Lydia and Lydia's boyfriend Majeed certainly think so. But they've got problems of their own. As secrets threaten to destroy their dreams and tear their relationship apart, Lydia and Majeed must fight to save their future whilst Edie reconciles with her past.

    For ages 12+

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  • Invisible
    Sat 30 July at 7pm - £1
  • By Nikhil Parmar

    Meet Zayan, an under-employed actor and over-employed dealer who sees himself as the hapless lead in the sitcom that is his life. Everyone else sees him as lazy, self-centred, and useless – if they even notice him at all.

    As Zayan attempts to transition from being neglected to being notorious, we see how a man whose brushes with oppression, grief, and the sneaking suspicion that he’s become invisible have driven him to the unforgivable.

    INVISIBLE is a hilariously dark story tracking one man’s desperate struggle to be seen as the hero of his own narrative.

    INVISIBLE by Nikhil Parmar was originally commissioned and produced at the Bush Theatre (27th June - 16th July 2022), performed by Nikhil Parmar, directed by Georgia Green. This non-decor performance has been granted by kind permission of the Bush Theatre.

    Age Guidance: 14+

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  • M8's Got Talent
    Sun 31 July at 4pm - £1
  • Come and see how creative your friends, family and neighbours really are as we showcase the amazing talent of Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall in an afternoon of dance, poetry, singing and performance. M8’s Got Talent but who’ll get the golden buzzer.

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  • Full English
    Sun 31 July at 7pm - £1
  • Using first hand stories, Full English charts Natalie's journey as she pieces together the fragments of her own mixed race identity through understanding the courage of her Nan - a reggae-dancing Bradford lass whose man of her dreams just happened to be from Pakistan.

    Because, let's face it, who is full English anyway?

    By Natalie Davies & Bent Architect

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  • BHANGRACISE
    Thu 4 August at 6pm - £1
  • Come and join the revolution! Bhangracise is an award-winning professional dance company. They will demonstrate some of their brilliant Bhangra moves and then encourage you to try it for yourself and take part!

    Bhangra is a fast, fun way to get fit whilst learning to move and groove at the same time. As featured on Strictly Come Dancing.

    Book Now

  • ENG-ER-LAND
    Thu 4 August at 7pm - £1
  • “Walking up to Highfield Road for the first time was mind blowing. Seeing all the other people with their shirts and scarfs, feeling like you’re part of that, feeling that excitement in the air.”

    1997. Last year England made it to the semi-finals of Euro 96, Gina G came eighth in Eurovision and 13 year-old Lizzie fell in love with the beautiful game. Lizzie’s Mum’s from India, her Dad says he’s Scottish, but she’s English, right? Saturdays are for football and Coventry City, until something happens to make Lizzie question her place in the stands. ENG-ER-LAND is an energetic play about fighting to belong and finding out who’s really on your team.

    Book Now

  • Cold Chips and Pick N Mix
    Fri 5 August at 6.30pm & Sat 6 August at 2.30pm & 7pm - £1
  • This is a love letter.

    To Martin’s egg custards and penny chews. To Cresta Cars and the 50p shop. To posh coffees and karak chai and first walkmans and last orders and stuffed vine leaves and drag queen karaoke and red patent shoes and Christmas trees and missing the bus and walking home and leaving home and coming back because actually, this will always be home really.

    This is a love letter to Cheetham Hill.

    The 2.30pm show on Saturday 6 August will be captioned.

    This show has been developed with members of the Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall community. The cast will be made up of non-professional members of the M8 community as well as professional actors.

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  • A Flock of Words
    Fri 5 August at 8pm - £1
  • Join us in the Den for a fun and entertaining evening of spoken word poetry. Featuring local artists from the Cheetham Hill community, plus special guests from the cream of Manchester’s diverse poetry scene. Hosted by award-winning writer and performer, Ben Mellor.

    Suitable for ages 12 and up.

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FAMILY
 
  • M8 Performs
    Fri 29 July at 5.30pm - £1
  • There’s so much talent in M8! Join these brilliant Young People from Cheetham Hill & Crumpsall as they perform their new play, created from scratch in just one week.

    Book Now

  • The Miracle Man
    Fri 29 July at 6pm - £1
  • Join a wedding in Cana, Galilee, where there’s a significant lack of wine… witness a young lads’ multiplying packed lunch, miles from home… meet a paralysed man with the best kind of friends… and behold a man who can control the weather with just a word…

    Based on 4 of Jesus’ miracles from the Bible, children from the Cheetham Hill holiday club will put on a production of ‘The Miracle Man’ in just 4 days! The main actors in this production are children & young people working together with Top & Tail Productions in partnership with The New Testament Church of God in Cheetham Hill to produce a theatrical performance of their very own. They will be using a unique blend of music, theatre, action and fun to bring Bible stories to life for those who don’t know the stories and for those who do.

    Written by Luke Rotherham, Directed by Rebecca Peacock, Musical Director, Thomas Hockley.

    Book Now

  • Children's activity day
    Wed 3 August, 10.30am-4pm - FREE
    No need to book, just turn up.
  • Come along to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre and take part in craft activities, colouring, lego building and puppet making. No need to book, just turn up!

    Facepainting will be available from 12pm - 3pm. 

    Suitable for children aged under 10.

  • The Story Den and Play Workshop
    Wed 3 & Sat 6 August at 11am - FREE
  • Have your kids got big imaginations? Bring them along to our play workshop to have fun with drama games and activities. Then take a seat while they lose themselves in a fantastic storytelling adventure. Suitable for ages 10 and under.

    Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. You are welcome to leave your child if they are 6+
    .

    Book Now

  • Children's Music Workshop
    Wed 3 August at 3pm - FREE
  • Bash, pluck and sing the day away with your little ones in a fun music workshop. We love all kinds of music, so there will be something for every child. All instruments will be provided. No experience necessary. Suitable for children under 12.

    Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. You are welcome to leave your child if they are 6+
    .

    Book Now

WORKSHOPS
 
  • Elders Company Recruitment Workshop
    Fri 29 July at 11.30am - FREE
  • The Royal Exchange Theatre’s Elders Company is for people aged 60+ who want to take part in regular drama and performance workshops and learn more about theatre. The group of around 25 people meet weekly at the theatre to perform, socialise and expand their knowledge.

    Join us for this workshop to experience a taste of the Elders Company see if you fancy joining from September.

    For ages 60+

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  • Young Company Recruitment Workshop
    Sat 30 July at 1pm - FREE
  • The Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company is for anyone aged 14-21 interested in PERFORMING, DIRECTING, DESIGNING, SOUND, LIGHTING, COSTUME or WRITING. The group meet once a week for a year to learn skills, take part in shows and meet new people.

    Join us for this workshop to learn more about the Young Company and about joining us from September.

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  • Drumming Workshop
    Sun 31 July at 11am - FREE
  • With Laszlo Palko from Percussion4u

    Laszlo Palko from Percussion4u is very experienced at delivering unforgettable drumming workshops. Why not give it a go? No previous experience needed

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  • Sketch with Mary - Art Workshop
    Sun 31 July at 12pm - FREE
  • With Mary Burke

    Learn from Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall's very own Mary Burke aka the Cheetham Sketcher as she guides you through the art of sketching and illustration. Materials will be provided. No experience necessary

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  • What Makes a Good Podcast
    Sun 31 July at 1pm - FREE
  • With Aaron Fletcher from Buzzin' Sounds

    We’ll look at what makes a good and bad podcast. In the hour, we’ll listen to a variety of different podcasts and start breaking them down in to different aspects from audio quality, to hosting, topic and delivery.

    At the end of the workshop, attendees will have a better understanding as to what makes good/bad audio content. Such skills can be applied to other activities like YouTubing/Streaming/Music Production and more. This workshop is designed for 11+ but can be attended by younger attendees (we may move quite quickly, though).

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  • Catwalk Workshop
    Sun 31 July at 2.30pm - FREE
  • Led by Kiana Miles from 1520 Studios

    Come and make a piece of fashion with Kiana and then show it off later on in the afternoon at M8's Got Talent in a Catwalk! Kiana specialises in womens wear, garment design and construction and sustainable fashion. Her background is in art, design and photography and she draws on these approaches to inform her textiles work and teaching

    Book Now

  • The Story Den and Play Workshop
    Wed 3 & Sat 6 August at 11am - FREE
  • Have your kids got big imaginations? Bring them along to our play workshop to have fun with drama games and activities. Then take a seat while they lose themselves in a fantastic storytelling adventure. Suitable for ages 10 and under.

    Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. You are welcome to leave your child if they are 6+
    .

    Book Now

  • Children's Music Workshop
    Wed 3 August at 3pm - FREE
  • Bash, pluck and sing the day away with your little ones in a fun music workshop. We love all kinds of music, so there will be something for every child. All instruments will be provided. No experience necessary. Suitable for children under 12.

    Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. You are welcome to leave your child if they are 6+
    .

    Book Now

  • BHANGRACISE
    Thu 4 August at 6pm - £1
  • Come and join the revolution! Bhangracise is an award-winning professional dance company. They will demonstrate some of their brilliant Bhangra moves and then encourage you to try it for yourself and take part!

    Bhangra is a fast, fun way to get fit whilst learning to move and groove at the same time. As featured on Strictly Come Dancing.

    Book Now

  • Curry & Conversation
    Sat 6 August at 4pm - FREE
  • The Den M8 is only the beginning. We want to hear from you about what you would like to see next. Join us for a curry and conversations with some of the Ambassadors and Royal Exchange Theatre staff to dream about future possibilities for the area. Come and have your say!

    Book Now

EXHIBITIONS
 
  • MCR CR8
    Fri 29 July to Sat 6 August - FREE
    No need to book
  • After lots of submissions, the finalists of the MCR CR8 Art Competition are displayed in the Ukrainian Centre. We asked people to create works of art that celebrate their community; be that a favourite building, portrait of a local hero, create a short video or draw a map of the area. Generously supported by the Granada Foundation.

  • Up the Hill Exhibition
    Fri 29 July to Sat 6 August - FREE
    No need to book
  • Come and listen to the rich stories of Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall.

    There are so many rich, beautifully complex and compelling stories Cheetham has to share about its history, its present and its future. Together, with writer Gareth Smith and Sound Designer, SHAR, the Local Exchange Cheetham Hill Ambassadors met and interviewed community groups to unearth these stories.

    Made in collaboration with over 30 people, UP THE HILL delves into Cheetham's past, the roots of migration, the strength in knowing one's community (& the forgotten communities), the freedom and intimacy found in space, the things our hearts long for, the revelatory nature of art & culture and what the future may hold. There are seven parts to UP THE HILL, each based on personal anecdotes shared by participants and narrated by some of them.

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