The Royal Exchange, with the aid of the Oglesby Charitable Trust, has developed a new pop-up theatre for Manchester residents to make and share theatre, as well as see Royal Exchange Performances in their own areas.
The Den, created by Haworth Tompkins, will visit areas of Manchester as part of the Royal Exchange's long-running community programme, Local Exchange. The theatre will be constructed and operated by residents in each community becoming its ushers, door staff, technical team and audience.
LOocal exchange continues the Theatre’s commitment to working with its audiences and communities in new ways and securing long-term relationships with sustainability at their centre.
Steve Freeman, Executive Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre said: "Local Exchange is an ambitious new strand of our programme here at the Exchange and The Den is an exciting and fundamental aspect of this work. We are delighted to have the support of the Oglesby Charitable Trust to ensure the longevity of this work and to work with cutting-edge architects Haworth Tompkins to design a unique and inspiring new pop-up theatre for Manchester. We hope that Local Exchange creates the space for a conversation with the people of Greater Manchester about what the future of theatre looks like for us all. That it will provide the building-blocks to reimagine the relationship between the places we make our work and the artists and people we make it with and for."
The Den will make its first appearance in Tameside August 2019 at Stalybridge Civic Hall, and in 2020 it will be appear at Spinners Mill in Leigh.
The Den artists impression / Image: Royal Exchange & Haworth Tompkins