Following funding from The National Lottery, Veolia Environmental Trust, Viridor Credits and Albert Gubay Foundation, The Edge, Manchester’s theatre for participation, has undergone major refurbishments to its 19th Century building, a former Red Cross Hospital based right in the heart of Chorlton.
The Edge was launched in 2011 with actors, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sir Mark Rylance. It is a unique space to take part in and/or see high quality, small scale theatre from around the UK. The Edge also runs a comprehensive participatory programme working with people who are homeless, vulnerable adults and young people to help transform their lives.
In 2021 The Edge celebrated its 10th year as Manchester’s Theatre for Participation. This beautiful venue has entertained, captivated and enthralled audiences with some of the best small scale touring theatre in the country, alongside its own productions made by our wonderful in-house creatives.
Over the years the team at The Edge have worked with hundreds of fantastic actors and musicians; many are professional, some have learning disabilities, some have experience of homelessness, some are from our local community and all of them are brilliant!
The Edge's award winning cafe/bar, The Dressing Room hosts a training programme in hospitality for adults with learning disabilities and is known as one of the most friendly and welcoming in Chorlton.
As a Manchester Cultural Partner The Edge plays a vital role in the cultural offer of the city. As leader in participation it provides a range of exciting opportunities for people to be creative. At The Edge you can Act, Sing, Dance, play the Ukulele, Write, Paint, Draw or just be.