Royal Exchange Theatre

The Royal Exchange Theatre Refugee Theatre Company

We believe that our refugee communities bring a significant cultural richness to our region which is home to a vibrant population of over 66 refugee nationalities. We believe that their talent, skills and fresh ideas can make a significant contribution. One of the key partnerships we have developed over the last three years has been with the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) department at City College, working with over 150 young people from refugee and asylum seeker groups on a number of projects. Last November, prompted by those we had been working with, we decided to establish a dedicated Refugee Theatre Company. It currently has 20 participants between ages 17 and 63 from countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Burundi, Angola & Colombia. They met once a week for 2 ¬Ω hours and have been looking at issues of identity and place.

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
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Now that the pilot project has been finished, we would like to establish a more permanent Theatre group with a view to increasing the numbers of the participants, but require funding to do so: Royal Exchange Theatre practitioners will work closely with the Refugee Theatre Company to engage and inspire. The company will be introduced to all aspects of the Theatre and the project will offer the following: * Practical, creative workshops with practitioners from Theatre, Music and other areas of performance * Rehearsals at the Royal Exchange Theatre * Provision of Workshop materials * Theatre tickets for the group to attend Royal Exchange productions * Links with The Theatre's Technical support (Lighting/Sound/Stage) * Opportunity to perform a specially devised production in The Studio for the public.