The following list of links (to arts and cultural organisations both in Greater Manchester and beyond) is provided purely for guidance and is not exhaustive. If you know of any other organisations or websites which should be included please let us know on 0161 615 6721.
ARTS ORGANISATIONS IN GREATER MANCHESTER
Contact is a theatre venue in Manchester focusing on work for and with young adults (ages 13-30). The building houses three theatre spaces and a ‘lounge’ area and bar. Contact presents all forms of live performance including dance, theatre, spoken word, live art and music.
Cornerhouse is Manchester's international centre for contemporary visual arts and film, with 3 floors of contemporary art galleries, 3 screens showing the best of independent cinema, a bar, café and a bookshop.
The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre
The Edge is a new theatre and arts centre situated in the heart of Chorlton, south Manchester. It houses workshop and rehearsal space and a 70 seater theatre, focusing on new writing and children's theatre.
Based in what was the lecture theatre of the city’s Central Library, the Library Theatre produces a mixture of contemporary drama and modern classics, with a popular play for families and children at Christmas.
Set in Salford Quays, The Lowry houses three theatre spaces (presenting a full range of drama, opera, ballet, dance, musicals, children's shows, popular music and comedy) and gallery spaces (showing the works of LS Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions).
The Met is an independent performing arts organisation based in Bury, just north of Manchester. A friendly small scale fringe venue that specialises in physical theatre, The Met presents a mix of nationally and internationally touring theatre, alongside a combination of music and comedy events throughout the year.
The Octagon Theatre is based in Bolton and presents home-produced professional theatre productions including musical theatre, classic drama, contemporary classics and comedies, as well as UK touring companies offering children’s theatre and stand-up comedy.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre presents a whole host of shows ranging from rock ‘n’ roll musicals through to award winning dramas and comedies. The Coliseum has both an intimate 585-seat auditorium and a smaller studio space for more contemporary plays.
Waterside Arts Centre
The Waterside Arts Centre contains the Robert Bolt Theatre, The Lauriston Gallery, The Chambers, The Corridor Gallery, The Gallery Bar and a variety of studios and workshop spaces. Waterside is a touring venue for visual and performing arts, whilst offering a wide range of resources to the local community.
Zion Arts Centre
The Zion Arts Centre (based in Hulme) comprises a theatre space, gallery space, recording studio, radio studios, fully mirrored dance studio, music studio, rehearsal studio and more. It is home to a wide range of weekly music classes, choirs, dance activity and drama.
SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS / RESOURCES
Actors Centre North
The Actors Centre North plays an effective and pro-active role within the theatre and broadcasting professions in the North of England. It makes a strategic contribution to the development of the performing arts and to education and vocational training and support in the region it serves.
Arts Council England, North West
ACE is the national development agency for the arts, and supports a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts. ACE are currently running a free ticket initiative for young people under 26 – see www.anightlessordinary.org.uk
for more information.
Community Arts North West
CAN is an arts development organisation working in partnership with voluntary sector communities, agencies and artists to encourage, develop, create, produce & promote cultural programmes of work.
Drama and Theatre Manifesto
We support the Drama and Theatre Manifesto, which recognizes a common sense of purpose and a shared belief in the contribution drama and theatre makes to the quality of children’s lives in school and beyond. It is a call to action to young people, parents, teachers and theatre practitioners to unify their efforts and ensure that young people have access to drama and theatre.
The Royal Exchange Theatre is an Earlyarts Pathfinder Partner, the largest professional development network for people working creatively with children and families in the arts, cultural and early years sectors. The network provides a range of resources to develop the appropriate skillset for building creative learning environments and to embed a playful learning culture. Pathfinder Partners deliver Earlyarts' highly popular professional development days across all regions, ensuring that every professional that works with children and families will be able to access creative training in their area.
Get Into Theatre
A website designed to introduce young people to the variety of careers in the industry – and different ways to get there. Includes interviews, CV clinic, games and local links for your area.
Manchester Youth Arts Network
MYAN aims to increase access to the arts for young people across Manchester. This central website lists all arts activity on offer for young people within the region.
National Association of Youth Theatres
NAYT is a national agency set up to support the development of young people’s involvement in theatre through a professional programme of training, advocacy, information services and events.
National Council for Drama Training
The National Council for Drama Training is a partnership of employers in theatre, broadcast and media industries, employee representatives and training providers. See their website for details all NCDT accredited drama courses including Acting, Musical Theatre and Stage Management / Technical Theatre.
The National Skills Academy
A network of over 200 theatre and live music employers and 20 Colleges throughout England, who recognise, develop and improve skills opportunities for those entering the creative and cultural sector and those already employed within it.
The National Theatre (based in London) presents a varied programme, including Shakespeare and other International classic drama; and new plays by contemporary playwrights. In particular, check out their virtual Backstage Tour, accessed from www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/discover
PANDA (the Performing Arts Network and Development Agency) is a non profit distributing company providing support, information, advice, professional development and networking for emerging companies in the independent performing arts sector with a focus on the North West region and in particular in Greater Manchester.