Presenting an incredible reopening season, The Edge has thrown open its doors and is welcoming audiences inside its newly refurbished building for the first time in 18 months. With a chocolate box of a reopening season, audiences can expect the venue’s usual high-quality shows and events alongside an inclusive activity programme.
A chocolate box of a reopening season.
Following funding from The National Lottery, Veolia Environmental Trust, Viridor Credits and the Albert Gubay Foundation, The Edge has undergone a major renovation to its 19th century building, which was formerly a Red Cross Hospital in the centre of Chorlton. The building has reopened with a spectacular programme featuring new writing, spoken word, comedy and music.
A highlight of the season is the Manchester-themed Double-Ender, presented by Initiative Arts. Written and performed by Joshua Val Martin and Jez Dolan, the performance features two witty and frank monologues exploring LGBTQ stories and experiences – past and present – in a rapidly changing city.
The building has reopened with a spectacular programme of new writing, spoken word, comedy and music.
The live theatre programme continues with Ifeyinwa Frederick’s brave new play, Sessions. Co-produced by Paines Plough and Soho Theatre, Sessions is a clever, funny and bittersweet exploration into the intricacies of masculinity and therapy. Elsewhere, Manchester Active Youth Theatre present an exciting new adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm and Paper Mug Theatre bring a laugh-out-loud funny, award-winning two-hander exploring identity and the complicated reality of a relationship. In contrast, Ruth E Cockburn will perform Love Letters From Blackpool, a one-woman show about love, beautifully depicted through storytelling and song.
The Nobodies by Chalk Line Theatre is a theatrical highlight of The Edge’s reopening season. With a masterful script by Amy Guyler, the play showcases the struggles of the working class in twenty-first-century Britain. Set around the imminent closure of a local hospital, three characters become unlikely comrades as a wild chain of events unfold.
The Edge has also launched a new monthly edition show; That Sketch Show is a brand new satirical comedy night. With an emphasis on topical content, the night takes an irreverent look at some of the week’s headlines and bonkers news stories. Writers at any stage in their careers are invited to submit sketches and one-liners, with a hand-picked selection making it onto The Edge’s stage.
The new season also brings captivating spoken word performance from Luke Wright, described as ‘one of the funniest and most brilliant poets of his generation’ (The Independent); cult performance poet JB Barrington, and the Nymphs & Thugs LIVEwire event, featuring performances from Toria Garbutt, Ella Otomewo, Andrew McMillan, Maria Ferguson and Matt Abbott.
Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan and celebrated cartoonist Tony Husband will present their fast-moving improvised theatre show, A Cartoon History of Here. While award-winning singer Barb Jungr will present the work of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen in her new show Forgetful Heart. There will also be plenty of laughs with the cabaret night Tickle Your Fancy, and the welcomed return of the ‘bring your own baby’ stand-up show Mum’s The Word.
The 2021 season draws to a close with a welcome return of the classy comedy thriller, Spinach. This all-sung play opens with two strangers tethered to one another in the basement of a house. Unable to remember how they got there, with no recollection of the last few days and without any means to escape, the pair have to unravel their memories to find out what happened to them…and why.
An inspiring season of performance awaits. We’re absolutely thrilled that The Edge are geared up and welcoming audiences into their newly renovated building.