The Royal Exchange Theatre presents Co:LAB

Creative collisions and collaborations celebrated in festival takeover at Royal Exchange Theatre – Co:LAB

This summer the Royal Exchange Theatre celebrates the success of Open Exchange in the Co:LAB festival. The celebrations will be a showcase of new work from Open Exchange between 21-23 July – The Studio & Great Hall.

The Open Exchange is the theatre’s programme of opportunities for the next generation of theatre-makers.

Taking place across a single weekend in July, the festival showcases 11 new pieces of innovative and experimental work at differing stages of development.

The work has been created through relationships formed on the Open Exchange programme. In this programme, artists from different disciplines are supported to work collaboratively across a varied programme of networking sessions, workshops and micro-commissions. Co:LAB will run from 21 – 23 July across the building.

Associate Artistic Director Matthew Xia said, “It’s incredible to see so much amazing collaboration and experimentation coming out of Open Exchange.

“This is not a festival of finished and polished work but an opportunity for these local artists to test their embryonic and bold ideas in front of an audience”.

This year’s festival includes:

SURVIVAL, created by Elmi Ali and Nuala Maguire and performed by Nuala Maguire. The show is a series of snapshots into the world of Afric, a young agoraphobic gardening enthusiast living in Manchester.

CITIZEN by James & Christine, an interactive, theatrical experiment using game-mechanics to create an immersive event. In an age dominated by increasingly bold, drastic and rash decisions, together we explore: what is choice? And who are we, as choice-makers?

Take Back Theatre present SHOOTING THE MESSENGER. When confusion and misrepresentation infiltrate our media consumption, and our everyday conversations, who can we trust for news?

Ransack Theatre present the development of their new play MINUS TOUCH. It looks into the reflective void of modern connection. It combines this with live music, film-making and projection to present our lives on stage, on screen and online.

POWER TO THE NORTH is Knaïve Theatre’s vibrant, challenging, empowering and inventive piece of immersive theatre. Inspired by roleplay gaming and choose-your-own-adventure stories. Knaïve Theatre are Royal Exchange supported artists.

All events are pay what you decide and all performances with be BSL interpreted.

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