THROUGH YOU, THE AUDIENCE WE HAVE SO FAR HELD THOUSANDS OF CONVERSATIONS WITH AUDIENCE MEMBERS, SHAPED OUR RELAXED PERFORMANCES OFFER, DEVELOPED NEW AUDIENCE CONVERSATION GROUPS AND PLATFORM EVENTS, BEGUN A PROCESS OF AUDIENCE CONSULTATION TO REIMAGINE THE GREAT HALL AND CREATED PROJECTS SUCH AS THE LISTENING EXCHANGE. 2,150 AUDIENCE MEMBERS HAVE, OVER THIS PERIOD, CREATED THE AUDIENCE MANIFESTO WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN FULL ON THIS SITE.

40 YEARS AND COUNTING 

August 2017 saw us invite audiences into the Theatre for discussions around the Royal Exchange; asking questions such as 'What do you love, or not love about the Royal Exchange?' and 'What would you like to see happen in the future?' To get involved in future conversations why not join the Audience Exchange? Online and face-to-face sessions will be programmed throughout the year.
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A Night At The Theatre - Sleepover

In May 2015, the theatre experienced its first ever sleepover, where 100 audience members were invited after hours for bespoke entertainment, lively discussion, workshops, candle-lit stories, midnight feasts and a little shut-eye. Read More...
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Blueprint for a Fun Palace

Working in partnersip with the national FUN PALACES initiative, Blueprint for A Fun Palace was a free mini project for audiences, inviting participants to redesign RET as a fun palace. Over Autumn 2015, 58 individuals attended sessions (including families, members of our World Wide Workshop, community projects, and the general public), exploring the vibe in the Hall, the programme, the appearance of the theatre, and much more besides. An exhibition of drawings, maps, writing and ideas curated by theatre designer Amanda Stoodley coincided with drop in activities for Fun Palace weekend. Read More...
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Show & Tell

In March 2016, we invited the public to “join us in the Studio to find out what you, the audience, have had to say about theatre”. Once inside, visitors discovered a beautiful sound installation of audiences talking about why theatre matters to them – created by sound artist Eloise Whitmore; an exhibition of audience statements from artist Oliver East; and a Curious Cabinet by artist and maker Johnny Woodhams, for audiences to post their manifesto statements and other comments. Visitors were invited to attend a programme of discussions led by the University of Manchester, pop-up free events and invitations to take part in the debate and help us shape what happens next. Read More...
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Relaxed Performances

A Relaxed Performance now accompanies the majority of Royal Exchange Theatre shows. This is in response to conversations with audiences about improving our access and inclusivity. Read More...

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Platform Events 

We have launched a programme of audience and panel discussions, interviews and conversations in response to audiences requests for more of this kind of interactive discussion. Read More...

Platform Events

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